Sunday, February 12, 2006

What do Bush and Judas Priest Have in Common?

Both enjoy constantly and repetitively breaking the law. (Thank you; don't forget to tip your waitress.) Well, what is it this time? The Bush administration, based on reporting from Bobby Novak, is encouraging U.S. troops to violate Department of Defense policy:

(The White House) has been on the phone directly to Republican county chairmen to arrange local speeches by active duty military personnel to talk about their experiences in Iraq. To some Republican members, this unusual venture connotes a desire to go directly to the people to sell the president's position without having to deal with members of Congress.

Nice concept (that is, if you hate checks and balances). But any quick check on the DoD's Web site proves that the Pentagon not just frowns but strictly outlaws the practice:

4.1.2. A member on active duty shall not: Use his or her official authority or influence for interfering with an election; affecting the course or outcome of an election; soliciting votes for a particular candidate or issue; or requiring or soliciting political contributions from others. Be a candidate for, hold, or exercise the functions of civil office except as authorized... Participate in partisan political management, campaigns, or conventions (unless attending a convention as a spectator when not in uniform).

I'm running out of ways to convey in words a sad, slow shake of my head.


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