also what they demanded was a 32 hour work week and a massive pay increase,though that didnt matter somuch their demands as much as they broke federal law and disrupted the airline industry.of all they things they were allowed to do,they did the ONE that was completely illegal for them to do.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
The first article I read on this lead me to think the Marine shouldn’t have been discharged. It quoted some of the criticisms the Marine made about Obama but they weren’t too over the top. Also, he is enlisted and enlisted members have a bit more leeway under the UCMJ in this area than officers do.
But I kept digging and found some other things he posted regarding Obama:
“Obama is the economic enemy”
“He is the religious enemy”
“He is a coward”
“He IS the Domestic Enemy”
"As an active duty Marine, I say screw Obama and I will not follow any orders from him” (he later said he meant ‘unlawful’ orders)
“I will not salute him"
He superimposed Obama’s face on a poster for the movie Jackass
Currently those of us in the military do NOT have the same freedom of speech as civilians. We can argue over whether or not that law is just, but it is the law. You can criticize the policies of a President without attacking him or trying to undermine him as the CinC. It is done every day by service members all around the world, including on this very board. This Marine crossed the line.
No matter how much you dislike Hussein Obama you have to respect the office of the presidency.....
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
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"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern