Saturday, March 13, 2004

A clear violation of military regulations 

From blah3.com.

To any experts on military law: When do we impeach Bush? For THIS?

New Bush ad violates military regs

My friend Picosecond at BartCop Forum notes that the 'Forward' ad commits a military no-no.

The latest Bush-Cheney TV ad "Forward" features several military personnel performing duties while wearing their official uniforms;. There are several shots of soldiers carrying rifles, a shot of seaman launching a plane from a flight deck, a shot of a soldier flying a helicopter, etc.

It's a blatant violation of military regulations for any military personnel to promote any sort of political message while wearing an official US uniform. And as Commander-in-chief, it's a violation of military regulations for President Bush to direct or cause any member of the military to violate those regulations.

The specific Army rule that covers this issue can be found on page 8 of Chapter 1 in Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia:

Army Regulation 670­1
1­10. When the wear of the Army uniform is required or prohibited


j. Wearing Army uniforms is prohibited in the following situations:
(1) In connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in off-duty civilian employment.

The specific Air Force rule that covers this issue can be found in
Table 1.3 on page 8 of Chapter 1 in AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-2903,

Table 1.3. Wearing the Uniform.
Members ... Do not wear ... When...furthering political activities, private employment,or commercial interests.

These ads should be pulled, or the military members appearing in them should be disciplined. Or maybe the President himself should be disciplined, since he has obviously used these soldiers for his own political purposes, against a regulation that has been on the books for decades.

High Crime, or Misdemeanor?


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