Saluting Troops w/ Latte OR Dog: Tip of Disrespect Iceberg
Brian J. Foley in “Dissident Thoughts Upon Learning of the ‘Latte Salute’ Scandal” writes:
Obama-haters are hopping mad that Obama saluted troops while holding a cup of café latte in his saluting hand.
Obama supporters (saluters?) and others who just like pointing out hypocrisy have responded by showing that George W. Bush was equally guilty, because he once saluted troops … while holding a dog.
... This “scandal” reveals the problem embedded in all mainstream U.S. political discourse: Americans are partisan, not principled. A principled look at this scandal would say that both Bush and Obama are wrong, or they’re not. Our country would be a hell of a lot better off if we could get over rooting for “our guy/gal.” (And no politician is YOUR guy/gal unless you’re Monsanto or the Koch Bros. or a weapons maker.) ...
Partisanship turns us into a nation of hair-splitting bloviats who argue that holding a dog while saluting is worse than holding a cup of café latte while saluting. ...
Proper salute or not, any modern US President has ZERO respect for the military. He sends troops “into harm’s way” without adequate protection and when it’s not even necessary. Many soldiers and sailors and airmen and –women who get hurt get crappy treatment at the Veteran’s Administration hospitals. ...
Why on earth focus on our government’s enabling of genocide, torture, neo-Nazis coups, droning and the bombing of seven ME countries, defying international and domestic checks and balances constitutional laws, displacing thousands of innocent civilians, promoting environmental contamination, continuing to deregulate on behalf of and subsidize Wall Street criminals when you can over-analyze the meta-message body language of presidents and ex-presidents over-casually -- no argument -- addressing ceremonially attentive and subservient troops.
Let’s keep in mind those questionable presidential gestures of acknowledgement do not directly kill anyone. But they are or were made by presidents who were or are MASS KILLERS exploiting our young people and our tax dollars to perpetrate the mass killings which implicate us all as accomplices.
That such mass killing has been and still is being given a relatively compliant pass by most of our society reveals gobsmacking levels of sociopathy of these presidents and their follow politicians, the mainstream media, and a citizen majority willing to only look where the establishment/media tiny penlight directs it to look for just enough titillating “news” to incite not a national moral conversation but a “political loyalties” food fight from our nose-bleed 99%-er cheap seats. A sham, shallow, bickering, partisan (Dem faux-lesser-evil vs. Republican unashamed evil) framed national "much ado about comparatively nothing" exchange. God forbid there be a sustained and serious fathoming and taking responsibility for the collective American heart of darkness wreaking tragedy upon tragedy upon tragedy on the globe and its populations!
[cross-posted on open salon]