You take a 22-year-old American, you shoot at him all day long, you deprive him of sleep, you make him see his buddies being killed, he has their blood on his boots and blouse, and when you don't see perfection in his decisions you court-martial him? It's absurd.
Quoted by reporter Thomas Watkins for the Associated Press
With all that this country has given me, I felt it wasn't right for me to be enjoying life in Indian Hill when Marines were fighting and dying in Iraq.Paul Hackett
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine.Paul Hackett