Lt. Ehrn Watada is opposed to the war in Iraq and he adhered to his principles by refusing to report for deployment with his unit to a combat zone he believed was involved in the wrong war against the wrong enemy. He made clear his dislike of President Bush and the entire Iraq war fiasco. Watada regarded the war as illegal and to participate in it left him open to being subjected to war crime charges. A mistrial was declared in his first trial, and US District Judge Benjamin Settle told the US Army it could not retry the lieutenant because to do so would violate his fifth Amendment rights.
It is clear the Army is intent in finding some charge level against Watada because having a soldiers refuse to serve in an unjust war is rather unsettling for those who believe Iraq was the right war against the right enemy.