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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 01:03 PM
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The miltary regs forbid Bush using our troops as political props
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2007/03/miltary-regs-fo...

The miltary regs forbid Bush using our troops as political props
by John Aravosis (DC)

The DOD regulations make clear that the White House cannot use uniformed military, active duty or veterans, as props in political events. But that's what Bush did today when he used current or former troops in uniform as window dressing for his political press conference attacking the Democrats as un-American. Is this now the official policy of the US military, that Democrats don't support the troops? What are we, a banana republic now?

Let me quote the relevant regulations...

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So, no one can wear the uniforms at political events, which this most certainly was, vets can't wear them at anything short of funerals, weddings and parades, and medal of honor winners can wear them at more events, but still not at political events, which this was.

But and the Republicans only like our veterans when they can use them, and when they have 4 limbs.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 01:08 PM
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1. He's :The Great Decider"
and he can do what he wants
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 01:08 PM
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2. Yep and the American Legion fool in the back ground know's that
Edited on Sat Mar-24-07 01:14 PM by Monkeyman
That is the commander who claimed to be a Vietnam Vet he never left stateside
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:49 PM
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13. figures.
Figures that he'd stand up for the AWOL Chimp, instead of people who have served and suffered physically and mentally.
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 01:40 PM
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3. That Army chick
Looks pretty hot. I dig her. Doubtless, that's why they picked her to be in the photo op: "We support our men and women in uniform, and, by the way, some of them are hot."

Seriously, though, this use of the military is pretty sleezy. I wish that one day they would put someone on who was inadequately vetted who would just get in a big argument with Bush on the war. That would be hysterical.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:14 PM
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8. I kept looking for her to roll her eyes when President Chucklenuts spoke..
Edited on Sat Mar-24-07 02:15 PM by B Calm
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Babel_17 Donating Member (948 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:30 PM
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9. What was she doing there?
Would it have been ok for her to stand behind Pelosi while she demanded an end to the war?

If she was assigned by her commander to be at this speech that's one thing, if she chose to show up in uniform at a political event that rips into a political party that is another.

Forgive my ignorance, what/where was that event anyway? Anyone?
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 03:42 PM
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17. The answer to your last question
This was yesterday after the Democratic vote on Iraq. Within 15 to 30 minutes after the vote Mad king Boy George held a presser and had his stand in "military props" standing directly behind him... :puke:

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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 04:12 PM
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19. She was 1st Cavalry Division.
I don't have the foggiest idea of what her MOS was. Public Relations, probably.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-25-07 10:41 AM
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20. that army "chick"
does not need your fuckability rating in your post.

Just cause your a liberal doesn't mean you get a free pass to objectify women.

-- A former army "chick" who resents that women can't appear in public in a professional context without some ass letting us know whether she is or isn't hot, lest we forget we are ALWAYS judged first and foremost as sex objects.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 01:59 PM
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4. It's alright for them to wear their uniforms as
political props. But what about when they told the vet with the prosthetic legs to wear long pants hmmmm?
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:04 PM
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5. I find his actions
extremely offensive. His cowardly use of the military folks as a backdrop reminds me of some yappy-mouthed gang "leader" having his boys back him up. He should be prosecuted for violating the human communities' standards for obscenity.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:10 PM
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6. When did the Bugass Deceiver ever
go by the rules?
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:13 PM
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7. It's not the first time
fucknutz* has been using the military for a backdrop ever since he was installed, from mission accomplished, to the backdrop where they replicated the same soldier about trwenty times, on and on.
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Babel_17 Donating Member (948 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:42 PM
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10. I'm really curious
Edited on Sat Mar-24-07 02:43 PM by Babel_17
Is the administration directing the military to have good looking soldiers stand behind the president when he makes speeches?

Are they just happening to be standing there?

I wish we had a MSM that had the fortitude to demand answers. The president wasn't speaking in Iraq, this was a staged event, if there were military in the background it's (likely) because the administration ordered them to be there.

The civilians at these events have a choice. They don't have to give the appearance of supporting the president or his speech.

Presumably that soldier had no choice. And imo that's a huge issue.

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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:45 PM
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11. And the person to enforce this would be...? Once again, Bush bites his thumb at America.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:48 PM
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12. they have been used as props for campaign stops,
propaganda appearances, and the odd illegal invasion and occupation on behalf of Halliburton
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 02:54 PM
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14. Half-pint also desecrated Old Glory by autographing it.
This is basically an Eric Cartman presidency. He does what he wants, rules, regulations and decorum be damned.

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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 04:00 PM
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18. "This is basically an Eric Cartman presidency."
:spray:

:thumbsup:
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 03:01 PM
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15. Following the law is not a priority. n/t
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 03:19 PM
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16. Such laws apply only to the peasantry.
Tho' I (and many others) did wear bits and pieces of my uniforms at anti-war demos in the '60s/'70s.
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