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SGM Erik Marquez
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Why the overall disapproval?
Im afraid I have only a silly and somewhat crass answer... it verbalizes my opinion.

Why? Because even if you put a cherry in the middle of a shit sandwich, its' still a shit sandwich.

Many a horrible leader have done something worthwhile..... however a single something, that cherry as it were, does not make up for the overall actions (or lack of actions ) for said leader. And I use the word "leader" as only a general commonly understood term, not in any way as an accurate description of our current president.
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I've read the article a couple of times now, as well as similar articles on The Daily Beast, and in The Atlantic, and Stars and Stripes, and I've noticed something.

There are three words in the English language that reporters, along with many other people, seem to confuse for synonyms: "compliance," "acceptance," and "tolerance." They don't mean the same thing. "Tolerance" is what people should do out of basic human decency and common courtesy for one another. "Acceptance" is a matter of individual conscience - there's no way any of us can really peer into each other's hearts and mind to tell just what some one believes with 100% certainty.

"Compliance" is what the military can dictate to its personnel, and the truth is, that's _ALL_ it can realistically dictate with any certainty - there isn't a policy or regulation in the world, no any amount of fiat by any commander that can successfully mandate "acceptance."

You can demand compliance with policies that support tolerance, and that encourage acceptance (at least enough to allow people to work with people they might not socialize with otherwise), but you can't actually dictate the terms of anyone's conscience. I think the problem is we assume people are much more blank slates than they really are.
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Lt Col Intelligence
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And yes, what I'm saying is, I think the Military Times authors might be confusing "compliance" with "acceptance" to a point.
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Capt Richard P.
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I'll leave this subject to the Retired and Veterans.
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Yeah...I'm not touching this question even with a 10M cattle prod. I'll keep my views and opinions of President Obama in my mind and in my home.
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CSM David Heidke
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That would be a prudent COA, Sir.
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Sgt Tom Cunnally
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I'll take it on ...Obama is the only president in my lifetime who had lofty goals when he was sworn in as our President and has met very few of them. Retired and Veterans were ready to see changes made in Washington DC, but instead all we have seen for 7 years is gridlock and the worse animosity between the Dems and Repubs in our nation's history.
I submit the culture in Washington DC is worse now than when Bush left office. And I have to believe the military are keenly aware of this debacle as they worry about Afghanistan and Pentagon Budget cuts..
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