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The following is a conversation with Bob Jensen via email after asking him for his support as an antiwar media activist to help promote my public refusal to obey military orders to fight in Iraq:
Re: need Bob Jensen support
Joining the military when you were a committed antiwar activist. I understand you had financial motivations. My point is that it undermines the case you can make in public.
Quoting Carl Webb :
Thanks for the feedback and support. But what do you mean when you say "the circumstances of your joining the Guard?"
Carl: It's not a question of what sits well with me in some personal sense. As I told someone who asked for my opinion, I think the the circumstances of your joining the Guard make it easy for pro-war people to undermine your position. That's a strategic judgment. I don't know anything about the specifics of your broader politics. And, since I have left politics myself, it's not likely that would be a factor.
I support you in your personal struggle to get out. But I don't think your case is the best to take to the public.
At 12:22 AM 3/19/2005, you wrote:
Someone just suggested that perhaps the fact that I willingly signed up for the reserves while opposing the war didn't sit too well with you and therefore you might not be willing to help promote my story in the media. I was thinking it might be something else like my far left politics. Just asking out of curiosity.
------------------------- Robert Jensen School of Journalism 1 University Station A1000 University of Texas Austin, TX 78712-0113 firstname.lastname@example.org office: (512) 471-1990 fax: (512) 471-7979 http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/home.htm
Marxist that just escaped from Austin, TX before the military took me away to Iraq. Crisis #1: in and attempt to avoid hunger and homelessness I joind the Texas Army National Guard as a combat medic 3 weeks before the 9-11 terrorist incident and my unit has been called up. So I have to devise a way to avoid participating in the murderous slaughter in Iraq. Crisis #2 is my love life of lack of one. I'm polyamorous which means I believe in having multiple relationships so I'm not too popular. Crisis #3 is my total alienation from corporate healthcare. So much so that I'd like to find another job. Crisis 4 is that I'm only one of a few atheist in Austin. I'm originally from New Orleans, LA but left in 1982 when I joined the military. I've visited Korea, Germany, France, and Britain.