FOX News has made a story out of a dress code and military reg violation, which would likely have passed unnoticed if FOX wasn’t prowling about for some sort of controversy they could make into a headline.
Cpl. Jesse Thorsen spoke at Paul’s post-Iowa caucuses rally to give his support for the Texas congressman … .
Thorsen, 28, a reservist who preceded his appearance at the rally with an interview on CNN, was wearing his fatigues [battle dress uniform, FOX, get it right], and that is a violation of military code.
That should put an end to the story that wasn’t news to begin with. A military member violated military regulation. It doesn’t matter who he was supporting, what matters is that he put on a uniform, violating regulation by (first) supporting candidate in uniform on television, (second) speaking publicly in support of a political candidate in uniform.
Woah! Potential discipline! Bad Corporal! But evidently the reserve unit didn’t know Thorsen had broken the rules. FOX took care of that.
Whether Thorsen, who reportedly has not been on active duty since October, will face disciplinary action remains to be seen.
But Thorsen’s actions may be representative of a small but significant branch of military members, whose financial support gives Paul bragging rights.
Those [non-existent] “actions” are the reason FOX helped dig this guy’s hole (by handing him a shovel and shining a camera in his face). There haven’t been any other actions like this, and no actions no small group of Army reservists putting on uniforms to endorse Ron Paul with a public speech. (There probably will be now. Thanks again, FOX.)
According to the Defense Department directive on political activities by military members, active duty forces … may not …”speak before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate, or cause” or “participate in any radio, television or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate or cause.”
The directive also explains that non-active duty military members may participate in other political activities prohibited to active duty military members “provided the member is not in uniform and does not otherwise act in a manner that could reasonably give rise to the inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.” [Emphasis: Mine.]
Repeat: Corporal Thorsen was in uniform, against regs. He’s not on active duty, which means he shouldn’t have the uniform on. He wasn’t stopping to get milk on his way home.
Get over it. And Mr. Paul, maybe you should quit bragging on soldiers who won’t follow the rules. Do you want their support? Oh, wait–you do.
Read more: FOX Blats About Something That Didn’t Happen
- Reservist Endorsing Paul: At least he didn’t go Forrest Gump! (xbradtc.wordpress.com)
- Paul Supporter Likely Violated Military Conduct Code (alternet.org)
- Army soldier rallying for Paul violated military ban on political activity (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- US Military: The dos and don’ts of the political season (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- CNN Loses Feed With Ron Paul-Supporting Soldier, Ron Paul Fans Cry Foul (mediaite.com)