Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham is not the type to shy away from a fight.
Where the average life expectancy of a blog is said to be less than three months, Grisham’s has survived for six years.But he says he has had enough.”Blogging is no longer worth the trouble,” Grisham recently wrote on his blog, A Soldier’s Perspective, under the headline “ASP Closed for Business.”
Assigned to a military intelligence company at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Grisham’s in-your-face opinions have won him a loyal following but also earned the scorn of his superiors, who contend he violated military limits about what troops can say on certain topics.
Grisham has criticized President Barack Obama’s fitness to run the country, chided the Democratic Party and battled with local school officials. He has been investigated by the inspector general and called on the carpet by his commanders.
Though he has not been ordered to stop blogging, he says he can’t do so under the restrictions placed on him.In a note to the nearly 5,000 people on his private mailing list, Grisham wrote, “The facts are clear. The Army does NOT want honest bloggers.
They want sheep. … If I can’t be honest and open, I won’t write at all.”Lt. Col. Bruce Johnson, commander of Grisham’s parent command, the Fort Meade, Md.-based 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, referred questions to a spokesman……….