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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 

Senior Military Need To Know When It Is Inappropriate To Speak Out

During the last few weeks, we have seen two separate cases where senior military personnel are giving their personal opinions to the press.

Canadian military head, General Rick Hillier, felt bold enough to attack the former federal government and attack what he perceives to be underfunding of the military.

US Marine General, Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got himself into hot water this week giving his personal opinion on the morality of gay persons.

I find it very disturbing that these senior military staffers do not understand that it is totally inappropriate for them to speak out as they have.

They are NOT elected. Period.

While they are entitled to hold personal opinions, the fact that they wear the uniforms of their nation, puts them into national service where their personal beliefs are best kept to themselves.

In our collective democracies, Canada and the United States, we cannot tolerate our military leaders using their high profile positions to advance their own agendas. It is correct to speak out against their behaviour.

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Someone, possibly in the Grope and Flail compared Hillier to Douglas MacArthur. I thought that it was a bit of exaggeration, but now I don't think so. Hillier really thinks that the military should dictate defence policy.

Dawg, on Pace, he certainly has a right to speak his opinion as a private citizen, but as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, his statement of his religious piety code violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to our Constitution.

His reply statements that he 'regrets' that he spoke out simply baffles me ... did he not think there would be a huge reaction to his comments?

Hope he was ready for retirement.

All those folks are insulated by a heavy contingency of "yes-men" ... you've got to remember... dissenting opinions are3 not encouraged. He's just as "out of touch" as the rest of that sorry lot of uptight old men.

E

Dawg, the only reason that he regrets that he spoke out is that he has no legitimate answers for the criticism he has received over it.

I do think it is out of proportion....you think trudeau and paul martin senior LIKED decriminalizing abortion, no it went against their faith. But they realized you can't let your own faith get in the way in running a country. This American general said the dont ask dont tell policy is a good one. It allows him and other old men with strong faiths to basically ignore the issue. while giving thousands of homosexuals the right to serve and defend their country. It really is a brilliant policy.

Im in the reserves so I have some military experience...what I can tell you is I wouldnt want some guy telling me he loves me while in the line of fire.

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