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It's Your Duty Caleb

Posted on: July 23, 2008 7:11 pm

How anyone could have a problem with the Army forcing Detroit Lion Caleb Campbell into service, effectively removing him from the NFL, I don't know.

The government paid for his West Point education. The government spend tens of thousands preparing him to serve. No one forced Campbell to join. No one made him apply to West Point.

He'll have to do what many thousands of other West Point grads did: fulfill their military obligation.

And the problem with that is?

The war in Iraq will go down as one of the worst presidential blunders in history. I'm not so sure former Los Angeles county prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's argument in his best-selling book that Bush is treasonous is erroneous.

Still, Campbell knew what he was doing when he agreed to a legally binding contract.

Why should he be treated any differently from the many hundreds of thousands of other soldiers in Iraq? Soldiers who fulfilled their duty?

Because he can play football?
Category: NFL

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:33 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

I really appreciate you writing this Mike. You couldn't be more right about this. I was enraged to find out that they were going to let him play, I think Caleb knew this would happen the whole time, how could it not? I was most outraged that they wold let him play, because he got to get one of the best possible educations in this country for free in exchange for his service. The armed service academies are there to produce some of the finest individuals the world will ever see. They are graduate to become officers, and to not use him in that capacity would be shameful. David Robinson is the best example of the fact that if you're meant to play the sport, you will. He was a great player and still fulfilled his commitment to this country. It would be a waste of the academy's time and money to let athletes play without serving, not to mention taxpayers money that is used to support these great institutions. If he wanted to go right to the NFL he could have gone to another school, and some other fine individual would have gladly taken Caleb's spot at West Point. But Caleb didn't want to go right to the NFL, he clearly had a stronger sense of duty to his country. I'm not attacking Caleb's person in any way, as you said Mike, he has accepted this and moved on, I'm sure Caleb will make a great soldier and leader wherever he may be stationed. Good luck, Caleb, I hope to see you in the NFL in a few years.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:27 pm


PS: My father came home from combat in WWII with a bullet lodged near his spine that could never be removed without risking his life. I won’t go into how difficult it was for his children to watch this good man suffer for doing the right thing. It’d be nice to think that Caleb Campbell’s children might suffer only the sorrow of seeing their dad have to someday retire from his pro football career because of a torn ACL or damaged shoulder joint in his throwing arm.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:08 pm


Before passing judgement, Mike, how about asking the folks in the military, especially the soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, how they would feel about seeing one of their own quarterbacking in the NFL? Watching Pro football on TV is one of the greatest diversions our troops have from the misery of risking their lives on a daily basis. As an army veteran with a son currently in the Naval Academy, I know that both of us approve of Campbell going to the NFL and I'd bet the farm that the vast majority of military folks would too. When I was serving overseas during the Vietnam War, one of the greatest diversions we had from the tedium of military life was following our favorite American sports teams. I know for a fact that it is the same for today’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. Back then we had few, if any, service academy graduates to root for.   Apparently, you’re not aware of the fact that not every newly minted officer automatically gets shipped off to the quagmire in the Middle East. Many of them even get assigned to cushy desk jobs in the Pentagon or elsewhere thousands of miles from a combat zone. So, what’s wrong with Caleb Campbell being one of the fortunate ones not being assigned to combat? As a veteran who now works in direct support of soldiers on a daily basis, I can assure you that there are many army officers the troops would rather see shipped off to Iraq than some shavetail second lieutenant fresh out of West Point who just happens to have NFL-caliber talent. Personally, I have no qualms about one of America’s finest getting an “assignment” to the NFL once in a blue moon. It wouldn’t hurt you to show a little support for our troops by supporting their wishes, dammit.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 1:28 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

Oh, and one more remark.  I think it's awful convenient that Freeman hasn't returned to these postings since the basis for his article was torn to shreds.  I think it's pretty despicable that Freeman's trying to come off as patriotic at Caleb's expense without doing any homework first.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 1:17 pm

Blame the Army, not Caleb

I'm an officer in the Army, and here's my take on this issue.  This whole issue arose because of the Pentagon's incompentence and inability to manage the force, which has been displayed time and time again over the last 3-4 years.  Caleb made a request to enter the draft, which isn't unprecedented.  He was told yes, so he did so.  He's not trying to duck his obligation, and from what I'm reading now, he's not complaining about having to serve.  Any complaints have been focused on  the flipflopping and timing of the announcement.  If I were him and I just had my NFL dreams yanked out from under me after being propped up the way he was, I'd be upset as well.  There's simply no explanation how the Pentagon can feel they can honor such a request then turn around and decide they can't do without him other than the pure, utter incompetence they continue to display.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 12:31 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

Also if Bush was treasoness would that not make every President all the way back to the first Bush treasoness, because the Bush 1 and the UN said he had WMD, Clinton said he had them and Bush said he had them. As well as, numerous other heads of a state who all had the same intell and all put Soldiers lives at risk. You seriously need to get your facts straight and open your mind to more than what you read on the news or hear from your liberal friends. Kind of like Wesley Clark yesterday saying it was not the surge that brought peace to baghdad but Iran and Saudi Arabia that did it. Or Obama saying all America troops trust him to be commander in chief, nothing could be farther from the truth on any of those statements! but you probably blindly beleive them. Remember the famous quote from the 1700's, if we believe everything the media says like lambs to the slaughter we will all go.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 12:24 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

First of all, where do politics go into CBS sportsline. Second, "Iraq will go down as the biggest blunder in presidential history"? Obviously you need a lesson on the war on terrorism. You need the facts:

Al queda's manifesto was to establish an empire that stretched from west africa to indonesia with its capital in Iraq. Secondly, as a two term Iraqi vet (27 months in the Infantry) it was obvious from my boots on the ground that every bad muslem and their brother came to fight us there and not in the streets of America. What kind of blunder would it have been if those weapons of mass destruction where handed from saddam to Al queda and then used anywhere in the world or your hometown. Did anyone really want to take that chance? You must have forgotten what happened on 9/11 or even the first time Al queda blew up the tower. What about our Soldiers that were killed in somalia by Islamic extremeist, do we cut and run again? Do you know for sure if there was weapons of mass destruction or not? Again beleive the media all you want.

The thing about 2LT Campbell is his oath and allegiance to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign or domestic regardless of where they live or your narrow what you see on CNN political view. As a defender of the constitution this LT needs to serve his country.  He got one of the best educations that anyone could possibly recieve. We are at war whether you think so or not. You probably have never met AL queda in person, well I have, and they are the personification of the worst evil that you can possibly fathom. If you really want to know, they will kill you regardless of your political veiws for no other reason than you are free and an American(ask Nicholas Berg). 2LT Campbell welcome aboard the greatest show on earth(even better than those St. Louis Rams), your leadership will be welcomed by your men and Soldiers will be better for your leadership and at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the accomplishment of the Army mission and the welfare of your Soldiers. HOOOOAH! 

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 12:17 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

For those of you criticizing Campbell, it is unfair.  He is not the one complaining.  Naturally he was disappointed, but the DOD dropped the ball on this one.  If there is a question of DOD policy, let the kid know before you let him go to the combine, jump through hoops, hire an agent, go to the NFL Draft, sign a contract and get his hopes up.  The Army made him their poster boy at the draft and then they wait until the last possible moment to pull the rug out from under him.  They may have killed his dog too.  This should help recruiting.  I hope the Lion's retain his rights, because I think the kid can play.  Maybe the DOD will end up reconsidering, if not there is always next season.  I wish him the best. 

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 12:09 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

As someone who has been both to The Afgan and Iraq and has served close to 30 Years I really have aproblem with these folks who think that just because you go to the Academy(s) and play Footbal,Baseball ect. ect. you can get out of your contract. You signed a contract end of discussion man up and do your duty.

No where in your contract does it say after you get grad. you will be become a requter it sound like his detailer gave him a line of BS.

the NFL need to shut up and stay out of this and Lt. Campell needs to do his job that he was trained and that I and everyone else help pay for.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 12:00 pm

It's Your Duty Caleb

Just a few things I'd like to point out. Maybe Caleb wants to go? Has he ever specifically said, "I don't want to go." People should stop feeling sorry for him if he hasn't said anything yet.

Also, why did the army suddenly change their policy. I don't think just 1 soldier is worth starting a huge deal over. Are any other sports players affected by this ruling?

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