I’ll have to give this some more thought. I can’ t decide yet how I feel about this.
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The question that changed Michael Izbicki’s life appeared on a psychological exam he took not long after graduating in 2008 near the top of his class at the United States Naval Academy: If given the order, would he launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?
Ensign Izbicki said he would not — and his reply set in motion a two-year personal journey and legal battle that ended on Tuesday, when the Navy confirmed that he had been discharged from the service as a conscientious objector.
First impressions- I have a hard time condemning someone who comes to this conclusion. While quite a few people use the conscientious objector status as a tool to escape service, there are people that belatedly come to the conclusion that military service really is fundamentally at cross purposes with their faith. I can’t see into the heart of another man, but the fact that Mr. Izbicki jumped through all the hoops he has is some evidence that his faith really did guide him to this point.
On the other hand, he took an oath before God and man to fulfill his obligation. We have a reasonable expectation that our service members will do all they can to fulfill that oath. And his decision to decline to serve means that some other sailor will have to pick up the slack that he’s left.
In any event, I certainly hope that he is required to repay the costs of his education.