Monday, October 13, 2014

Who Started the Saluting By Presidents of Government Trained Killers

Imagine my surprise. It was Ronald Reagan, the president who got the country back into overseas military adventures, after the Vietnam War had killed American taste for such. (SEE; The Shocking Direction That the US Military Is Headed In).

Writes John R. Schindler a former professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College,

Let me state up-front that the President returning the salute that’s rendered by his military retinue is anything but a venerable tradition, in fact it dates to Ronald Reagan. No president before that — not even Eisenhower, who had five stars and more military service than any President before or since — felt it necessary to salute back. But now that salute, like the President always having an American flag lapel pin on his blazer, is one of those things that Must Be Done, lest accusations of insufficient patriotism start flying. Personally, I think it’s silly, more proof of the Imperial Presidency that I find un-American.

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