Essay:Michael New Was Right

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Michael New was right (by M.Y.)

In 1995, twenty-two year old Army specialist Michael New was based in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division. New along with his fellow U.S. soldiers were informed they would be sent to Macedonia on a “peacekeeping” mission. New was also notified that his unit would be required to wear a blue United Nations beret and a United Nations armband or patch. In addition New was expected to serve under U.N. Secretary General, Boutros Ghali. He was told by his superiors, it was lawful to commit these acts because, “the president says so, therefore it is.” New felt that he would be violating the constitution and military oath if he served under a foreign leader and wore their uniform.

In order for Michael New to join the army he had to take the following oath: I (name), 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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God!" -U.S. military oath of allegiance. He believed in this oath and was committed to follow its instructions.

Michael had been formerly homeschooled and during his studies he learned the differences between the policies of the U.N. and the U.S. New believed it was unconstitutional to wear the U.N. uniform. With that belief he refused to obey the orders of his superiors. Michael New was right to do so. U.S. armed forces are obligated to uphold our constitution and obey the president. If New initially obeyed his superiors and joined the U.N. soldiers he would then be disobeying the orders of the president from that point.

The U.N. oath[1] states that you will not accept instructions from any government or authority external to the U.N. Therefore when U.S soldiers would go under a U.N. commander they are no longer listening to the orders of the President of the United States. This is against the U.S. soldiers’ oath. These oaths contradict each other. The U.N. Secretary General, Boutros Ghali stated “the time of absolute and exclusive sovereignity has passed.” Every American soldier should refuse to serve under a man who doesn’t even believe a nation such as the United States should be independent.

The president is supposed to uphold our constitution, not the U.N. charter. The commander in chief was unwise to order our troops to serve under the United Nations. Specialist Michael new was wise to uphold our constitution and the United States’ military oath by disobeying his orders.


  1. U.N. military pledge of allegiance states that "I solemnly affirm to exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience the functions entrusted to me as a member of the international service of the United Nations, to discharge those functions and regulate my conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view, and not to seek or accept instructions in respect to the performance of my duties from any government or other authority external to the organization."