posted on 07/18/2003 3:06:52 PM PDT
To: AntiGuv; TLBSHOW
"None of us that wear this uniform are free to say anything disparaging about the secretary of defense, or the president of the United States," he added.
At least not publicly.
Let's keep the Dem's on the run!
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posted on 07/18/2003 3:10:48 PM PDT
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If getting spanked was good enough for Douglas MacArthur, it is good enough for these guys.
posted on 07/18/2003 3:23:21 PM PDT
(My soldier son generally keeps his complaints within the unit- why pee in everyone's Wheaties?)
There is always 10% who don't get the word
And there is always 10% who will bitch about anything.
They need to be punished. You just can't have this.
And you can be damn sure that we'll hear wailing and the gnashing of teeth from everybody's momma.
The Canadian ABC reporter had a joyous time filing different reports over the course of the day. He was giddy with excitement and remarks he made bespoke of his knowledge of the over-the-top nature of the soldiers' remarks.
posted on 07/18/2003 3:38:30 PM PDT
(Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
They need to be made an example of. Throw the book at 'em.
posted on 07/18/2003 3:40:57 PM PDT
by Cyber Liberty
(© 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
This is no time for political correctness. These soldiers endangered their own lives and the lives of all those around them. The Iraqi opposition DOES get American TV and they now think they know how to win. Just keep killing our soldiers and we'll turn tail and run. If Bush won't turn tail, get all the whiny weak folks at home to start protesting and in no time at all Saddam has won.
Smooth move guys. I hope you're happy. As to ABC who aired this, they should have their licenses all pulled, every single affiliate who aired that. Let the network try to survive with no affiliates.
posted on 07/18/2003 4:43:13 PM PDT
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Criticism of superior officers is a breach of military rules.
It's a violation of military LAW, not just rules, as others have posted. I'm sure the chain of command has put out the word reminding even the "bottom 10%" of their responsibilities, while reminding commanders and senior NCO's of their responsibilities to keep communicating with (and listening to) their troops.
We were "late" due to operational requirements on every deployment I was on. The guys don't like it, but they can handle it if they know the big picture. I had a young leftist in my division who made it clear he didn't like Reagan's military, had no respect for military authority. Though we counseled him in the hope that he'd just grow up, eventually the Navy agreed that he didn't belong in a uniform and gave him an Admin discharge.
Same thing will probably happen with these guys. I suspect the combination of Email (i.e. instant communication) and state-side political activism has brought these guys out of the wood-work. You know how easy it could be for a political agent of the Democrats to "sympathize" with a young wife and quietly whisper how much they care, and feel her pain, and how illegitmate the whole war is.. and how Bush stole his office in the first place and now has used his power to create this illegal war is, and how her husband would be home right now if Al Gore were the President.. etc.
It wouldn't be all that tough to get the wives of some young elisted men to write some letters, and talk to a reporter. So, I think the military will evaluate each situation. If the guy and his wife are part of some larger political, anti-war effort, or if he's been a discipline problem previously, or if he's simply unrelenting in public criticism, they'll get the soldier out of the service ASAP.
Otherwise, it'll be handled quietly with NJP (non-judicial punishment).
I wonder how many potatoes these guys are going to peel?
Or is it latrine duty that is worse?
posted on 07/18/2003 6:20:29 PM PDT
This crap needs to be nipped in the bud. I'm all for making "examples" of the public whiners....
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