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August 15, 2011

Gov. Perry Speaks About Wanting To Restore Military Respect

by Ben Smith ( Ben is a LIBERAL ~ Wild Thing)


Rick Perry strayed from a tribute to military service to tell an audience in Waterloo, Iowa, that he’s running in part to restore the respect of the military to its civilian leaders.

“One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States,” he said.

The line is a reversal of the usual pledges of respect for the military from politicians, and Perry seemed to suggest that Obama lacks the qualities of a commander-in-chief in being able to command the troops.

The line could be taken either as a slur on the military — they’re pretty much obligated to respect the president, or at least the presidency; or as a sort of validation of military doubts about civilian leadership, which isn’t exactly standard issue politics in the developed world.

But if the line is close to the edge, it may also resonate, capturing discontent with Obama that’s common among soldiers, and serving as a reminder that Perry’s the only leading Republican to have served.

From DECEMBER 2008

President Elect Barack Obama gets no respect as the incoming Commander in Chief from a poll conducted by The Army Times. 6 out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey.

A lance corporal who asked not to be identified said, “Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief,”

During Christmas, Obama visited Marines in Pearl Harbor, while they were eating their Christmas dinner.

Anecdotal reports say Obama was not greeted with any enthusiastic applause in fact it was pretty silent.


Wild Thing's comment.....

Rick Perry is a veteran and his reference was with regards to the military personnel who are having to serve under a President they do not respect. Loose lips sink ships and if our current administration had not outed Seal Team 6 those brave young soldiers would still be alive today.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 15, 2011 05:50 AM


Respect for the Office of the President is always there but not necessarily for the person holding the office. Respect for the person has to be earned. GW Bush had the respect, love, and devotion of the armed forces because he earned it and he didn't do it by words.

Posted by: BobF at August 15, 2011 12:29 PM

I initially served under LBJ. In Vietnam there was very little respect for him. We wondered why we were in a war that we were not allowed to win. Later I served under Nixon. We still were not allowed to win until reelection time came up. Then Operation Linbacker, the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong, was put in place. We wondered why Nixon didn't do this over three years earlier.

George W Bush was liked by the military because he showed them respect and honored them. However I wonder what today's situation would be if on 9/12/2001 Bush had ordered a cruise missle with a one ton warhead to destroy the muzzie cube at mecca.

Today no one associated with the military has much if any respect for obama. My guess is that the military and vets will be looking favorably at Perry.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 15, 2011 02:13 PM

BobF makes the clear and essential distinction between the perpetual office and the fleeting individual that only holds that office temporarily.

This is part of how institutions within our republic are preserved. We don't have coup d'états.

We in America are governed by law and not by men. We have an enduring constitution we respect. We wait out four years. This distinguishes us from much of the world.

Democrats make a very big deal about civilian authority over the Pentagon because far too many of them look down with disdain and some even hate the military, its great history and heritage, those noble who serve, and wish it all simply didn't even exist. So sick and living in the clouds are they.

Personally I think the age requirement of 35 years is not enough. Qualification should include past military service. No candidate for President, no Commander in Chief should even be considered for such high office unless having had worn an American military uniform in his youth.

Anyhow, as for the current clueless Commander in Chief, there is this humor oft repeated whenever there's a Democrat in the White House like him or Clinton or Carter when troop morale is so damagingly low.

The individual private Pentagon offices of the top brass, generals and admirals, are appointed spartan and all pretty much the same with government issue including a framed picture of the current President of the United States hanging on a wall within the office as well as a standard government issued 7-foot tall coat rack tree with metal hooks at the top where they hang their coat and cap every morning reporting for duty.

It's not an uncommon practice for the top brass to position the wooden rack in such a way as when seated behind his/her desk the view of that picture is obscured.

I've witnessed this myself.

The stars and stripes forever !

Posted by: Carlos at August 15, 2011 03:43 PM

When Bill Clinton first became president, he visited an aircraft carrier wearing a flight jacket. The Seaman aboard the carrier laughed at him. After that incident, we were issued orders not to make fun of the president if he's on your instillation. Never in 26 years of active duty military service had I ever seen that before.

Posted by: BobF at August 15, 2011 07:23 PM

Bob, exactly, the office itself is respected not always the person in it.

Thanks for sharing too about Bill Clinton and the aircraft carrier.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 16, 2011 12:51 AM

Tom, thank you so much for sharing all of that. It is amazing how little it would have taken for those presidents, LBJ and Nixon, to just say to the military to do the job they were trained to do instead of the political bs running the Vietnam war. Our troops won but not the politicans that's for sure.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 16, 2011 12:56 AM

Carlos, that was great, thank you so much for all you wrote.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 16, 2011 01:00 AM