Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge.
“I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice.
Stewart’s statement above, made during an interview May 18, 2011, came moments after he challenged me to find anyone who’s heard him say anything negative about his accuser.
“When you have a toddler and that toddler spills milk, you can’t be made at that toddler because that’s that toddlers do,” he continued. “No matter if that toddler breaks your best iPod or does anything to you, you can’t get mad. You get frustrated, but you can’t get mad and you can’t hold resentment toward him, because he’s just a kid, just a toddler.
“I don’t think, realistically, that she understands what she’s doing, so I can’t be mad at her,” Stewart said. “Really, I’m more disappointed with the people who have allowed it to go this far. That’s where most of my disappointment — or hurt — is.”
Find out more about the events that changed Stewart’s life forever inside the pages of Three Days In August, the book about which New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter wrote the following:
“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.” — Richard Miniter
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