In the mental Wonderland of the Left, refusing to serve your country is “patriotism.” Their latest “patriot” hero is Lieutenant Ehren Watada, who received his commission after the Iraq War commenced, and is now refusing to deploy to Iraq with his unit.
Lieutenant Watada is not a hero, although he is not a coward (he will be punished under military law, unlike those who fled the country to avoid their sworn service to this country.) He abandoned the troops he was supposed to lead, and betrayed the country he pledged to defend.
He also needs to brush up on the law: being ordered to Iraq with his unit is lawful order by a legitimate authority, and he disobeyed it. If he was ordered to deliberately kill noncombatants, that’s an illegal order, and he would have a moral duty to disobey it. His self-righteous moonbat nonsense about “the deception used to wage this war, and the lawlessness that has pervaded every aspect of our civilian leadership” is beside the point. Going to war is a decision for elected officials, and an officer who receives his commission from the President of the United States does not have the authority to override it.