We even survived Lincoln. Aside from winning a war, he was the closest our nation ever came to a full blown dictator
You know something is really wrong when the holder of the highest office in the land cannot trust those he commands!
Hasn't it always been that way? I mean that measures taken to protect all the higher ups are pseudo secret and not spotlighted as much as the seeming carefree way they address their subjects.
I guess Thomas Jefferson answered that question for us a long time ago. Do you suppose he could see the future?
Originally posted by redoubt
reply to post by Signals
If it's true then... it simply defines a paranoid regime in a paranoid country on a day when paranoia owns.
Originally posted by Tardacus
isn`t it illegal to have firearms inside the washington D.C. city limits?Does that apply to drill teams too? maybe they weren`t legally allowed to carry operating firearms so they had to remove the bolts?
as far as the sloppy marching, maybe these marines were desk jockeys and IT people who haven`t marched in formation since boot camp?
overall it did look pretty sloppy and amatuerish.With the ongoing 12 year war the marines and all the branches of the military have probably drop their standards in order to meet their recruitment quotas.with an all volunteer military it can`t be easy meeting recruitment quotas when you have been at war for 12 years with no end in sight.edit on 26-2-2013 by Tardacus because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by Signals
Having watched 2 videos of the event and reading many of the responses in this thread, I have to conclude that some people are overreacting a bit. Even ol' Bobby Powell seemed to have his conspiratorial juices flowing on high speed.
It was pretty sloppy in a couple scenes. They broke ranks, many were out of step and some were diddy bopping (bouncing) but my guess is that's because of the noise. It's one thing to march on a quiet parade deck and quite another thing when you can't hear commands over 1/2 million screening Obama fanatics. With all the screaming and crying going on it was probably like trying to march through the middle of a Justin Bieber concert.
As far as their rifles being disabled, what do you expect from this POTUS? The guy was behind bullet proof glass like he was the Pope or something. Panetta made troops disarm before his visit so why is it shocking that Obama did it? Guilty conscience probably.
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Originally posted by Signals
I'm no military expert, so help me out here, ATS...
On orders from the Obama administration, the bolts from the M1 rifles carried by Marines in the Inaugural parade were removed. Even more shockingly, it appears that the Marines who normally provide security and perform ceremonial functions for the President were replaced with ringers.
Why were the bolts removed?
Why do some of the Marines appear to be unshaven?
Why are they not marching in a straight line?
Why are some Marines facing left while others are facing forward?
Skip to 13:00 to see -
Is this normal?
Is this a protest against our President by genuine Marines?
Some of the "Marines" that paraded in front of the reviewing stand on Inauguration Day were unshaven, their uniforms out of line and ill-fitting, and their marching skills - in the opinion of this writer and dozens of other real Marines - could easily have been bested by any 3rd phase Marine Corp recruit platoon.