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March 05, 2006
Stand Up and Salute

I'm going to start paying more attention to local matters.

So, look at Talking Points Memo. Here and here and here and here and here.

It started here and do read this original post because it brings up some good points, not the least of which is the idea that the Republican Party could be getting government assistance on finding and targeting local active duty personnel in various places.

It's local, but it's also national.

Fearing that they're losing their rep and the go-to guys on warmongering "security" issues and building on their practice of trying to make draft-avoider Bush look like a macho man by staging warlike photo-ops, the Republicans have now decided that Republican events should be attended by soldiers in uniform.

It doesn't matter if they're stage props or willing participants, the soldiers are inviting court-martial.

Beyond that, it does incalculable damage to our military, as Marshall discusses, and it does incalculable damage to our political processes by "framing" all public Republican speakers as part of the military community and "strong on defense."

To make it appear as though the Republican Party has the full and willing backing of our armed forces is a chilling strategy.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:46 PM


Just as the Republican congress protects the President from impeachment, the Republicanization of the military has protected politicized soldiers from courts martial.

I don't believe that the equation between Republican and military interests is a complete one: the military establishment has been quite nervous about some of the concrete "reforms" promoted by this administration, but this is why it's important to distinguish between attacks on policy and attacks on institutions (when they don't deserve it)....

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 5, 2006 01:46 PM

Yes, I know that the military has been nervous, but they're also led, at the highest levels, by political appointees.

I'd like to see a little public outcry about this. Whether these soldiers understand what they're doing or not, I'd rather they weren't the only ones who got into trouble for this.

Posted by: Anne at March 6, 2006 08:16 PM