Monday, August 02, 2004

Reporting for duty - like a jackass
A proper salute:

Kerry's salute:

Bush's salute:


Big difference, eh folks?

UPDATE [8/2/2004 - 20:43]: To quote Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, "Next time, snap it out. Thumb to palm, index finger through little digit smartly aligned, sharp to the hairline - down! Too many men far better than you have executed that courtesy. If you're smart, you won't try it again."

No, Beth, you're right. This isn't a policy debate. But when a man is running on his military record, his love of and devotion to country, and his ability to lead a global war, he should at least be able to execute a salute properly. It shows a lack of respect for the very thing of which he is so proud to have been a part.

5 comments:

Beth said...

Oh, you and your nuanced, focused policy debate.

Beth said...

see, i would say that sending men and women into harm's way without absolute necessity, then failing to take care of them when they come home wounded and scarred is an insult.

i would say making a show of landing a plane on a carrier is an insult.

and i would say that bush is much more of an offense to our brave men and women in uniform than kerry has ever been or can be expected to become.

Exile said...

To my knowledge Mr. Kerry has made very clear the point that appearing to be a strong leader, with a beautiful salute, is less important than actually have the fortitude to lead. In the months before the spring invasion in 2003, all the world saw how reluctant Bush was to go to war, which is to say not at all. I think the far more relevant issue is that the President has ordered thousands of Americans to risk their lives when he could not be bothered to do the same.
Mr. Bush uses his obviously practiced salute to please followers who think having having a pretty salute is tantamount to being a war hero. Thats about as offensive to me as it is irrelevant any piece of important matter of government, which is to say greatly.
When my father, a Vietnam veteran like Mr. Kerry, gives a salute to his son, it isn't fit for military duty. But I don't care a damn because I know he, like Mr. Kerry, gave salutes properly when they mattered for the intended purpose, which is not political.

Exile said...

To my knowledge Mr. Kerry has made very clear the point that appearing to be a strong leader, with a beautiful salute, is less important than actually have the fortitude to lead. In the months before the spring invasion in 2003, all the world saw how reluctant Bush was to go to war, which is to say not at all. I think the far more relevant issue is that the President has ordered thousands of Americans to risk their lives when he could not be bothered to do the same.
Mr. Bush uses his obviously practiced salute to please followers who think having having a pretty salute is tantamount to being a war hero. Thats about as offensive to me as it is irrelevant any piece of important matter of government, which is to say greatly.
When my father, a Vietnam veteran like Mr. Kerry, gives a salute to his son, it isn't fit for military duty. But I don't care a damn because I know he, like Mr. Kerry, gave salutes properly when they mattered for the intended purpose, which is not political.

tracy said...

i would say that how a person salutes in one picture is irrelevant to how much they respect and love their country.
now i'm not defending or complaining about either candidate. i just think that there are much more important issues at hand than saluting.