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  •  It was meant to be inflammatory (2+ / 0-)
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    gogol, ETF

    By having a military man show such a public lack of respect for his commander in chief, he is signalling to his troops that Obama's civilian authority can be questioned.  If he truly believes in the Constitution of the United States, he is by extrapolation saying that the military does not need to respect and acquiesce to the authority of this particular commander in chief.

    •  There's extrapolation (1+ / 0-)
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      Escamillo

      and there's extrapolation.  I think there's just a bit more than one degree of separation between countenancing an unguarded crack about the VP and openly advocating insurrection.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 01:48:48 PM PDT

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      •  The Republican Military (1+ / 0-)
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        gogol

        Ever since Clinton was elected President (and this trend started way back when the Vietnam War was winding down) the military in this country has been associated almost exclusively with one party--the Republicans.  Jesse Helms even told Clinton he'd better not visit NC's military bases if he treasured his life.

        McChrystal's comments are just more of this baloney.  He would not have spoken this way of Bush/Cheney.  This is something that must be addressed by Obama for the good of the country, or the meme will be furthered--if you are a Republican, the military respects you and is subservient to your will.  If you are a Democrat, you are a dirty f**ing hippie who must be undermined.

        That's about as close to coup d'etat as I would like to come.

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