A few years ago, John McCain wasn’t sure whether he was a maverick or not. He was … then he wasn’t. The former Navy aviator has been for a long time a career politician; more specifically, he is part of the broken Washington establishment.
Terry Lakin, on the other hand, is a former officer, and he knows he’s a maverick.
Thankfully, he’ll never be part of the establishment.
Lakin’s journey is one of the most extraordinary I’ve read. His new book, “Officer’s Oath,” should be required reading … for everyone. In fact, I strongly believe this story needs a wide audience in the run-up to the presidential election. We do not want to hand another four years to the people who tried to destroy Terry Lakin.
An exemplary leader, Lakin ran afoul of dark forces in this country when he simply asked the president of the United States to produce birth records. After all, this seemed a reasonable request from a man who has multiple deployments under his belt and who took his oath to uphold the Constitution seriously.
What Lakin and his family then endured will become the stuff of legend.
For daring to challenge a despot, Lakin was stripped of his military career (including pension) and left to cool his heels in Leavenworth for five months! Now, with the help of the peerless Jack Cashill, Lakin is telling his story. The fallout is as chilling as the story itself.
A doctor and a lieutenant colonel, now-former LTC Terry Lakin had misgivings about deploying for a seventh time. He had risen in his profession to become chief of primary care and flight surgeon for the Pentagon’s DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Care. He served in Bosnia, Honduras, El Salvador, Korea and Afghanistan.
When Obama emerged as the frontrunner in 2008, and after his election, Lakin became increasingly concerned by the lack of evidence that the man was, in fact, fit to serve as commander in chief. Lakin considered the oaths that both military officers and the president take:
Officer’s oath: I (insert name), having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.
President’s oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
For two years, Lakin tried to get answers about Obama’s eligibility, but was stonewalled each time. He then felt he had no choice but to refuse deployment and thus invite his own court-martial! Folks may disagree with his decisions, but it can’t be denied that Lakin is a patriot and a rare one at that.
Among the scary discoveries the reader of “Officer’s Oath” will be confronted with: During the pre-trial and even during the court-martial, because the judge stated that in her opinion, Barack Obama is legally the president, Lakin was not allowed to present any evidence to the contrary!
This led, of course, to his prison sentence. It is mind-boggling that a decorated, accomplished officer can be imprisoned in this country, yet his tormentor is insulated from accountability.
A realist, Lakin states in “Officer’s Oath”: “I am certain that I and the many people involved in this book will be attacked by those who wish to deny that our Constitution and country are in peril.”
This is a resolute man, and one who has literally counted the cost.
In Chapter 14 (“Duty, Honor, Country”), Lakin recounts how emotional testimony from the wife of a doctor who took his place in deployment affected the outcome: “She told the court how they had been planning to start a family, but that I had ruined their plans. When she started crying on the stand, I could hear that final nail being pounded into my coffin.”
Honestly, the gruesome narrative of Lakin’s story in “Officer’s Oath” reads like something from the transcripts of Soviet and Nazi trials, and one can almost envision Lakin standing before these titled court officers much like the conspirators against Hitler did decades ago.
If we think things like this can’t happen in America, get a clue. They already have. And if you think they won’t come for you, think about Terry Lakin. Read “Officer’s Oath” and spread its message as widely as you possibly can. Because if there are eligibility questions about the president come January, the powers-that-be might be coming for you next.