“The top enlisted leader on a Navy aircraft carrier is under fire for telling his troops to “clap like we’re at a strip club” ahead of the vice president’s stop aboard the ship Tuesday.”
…a boat-load of sailors applauding him, and suddenly the cilice got tighter on little Mikey. Not that Mike Pence would know ANYTHING about strip clubs.
OK, obvious jokes aside, this is both pretty sad that anyone has to be ordered to be enthusiastic for the Walking Termite Buffet, but it is also problematical because it is overtly political, which is something the military is not supposed to do.
“This statement was inappropriate, and this issue is being addressed by Truman’s leadership,” [Lt. Cmdr. Laura Stegherr] said…
“There was a time when the mere act of voting was considered by many officers to be too partisan,” [George Reed, a retired Army colonel who served as director of command and leadership studies at the Army War College] said. “The shift to a period where military [leaders] feel comfortable sporting bumper stickers and yard signs favoring their party or favored candidate reflects cultural change that might not be in the best interest of the armed forces or the nation.”
Which brings to mind the shocking trip Commander Bunnypants took to visit the troops where they asked El Presidente Stupido to sign their MAGA hats (which also: in a war zone they had bright red MAGA hats?).
All of this represents really bad command decisions, and it is coming from the top. The military—which presumably already tilts to the Right—is being nudged. This will not end well.