I have to link Michelle Malkin’s piece on Obama’s speech here. It’s amazing to me that Chris Matthews had the tacit nerve to smear the West Point cadets for not being more visibly, emotionally “supportive” to their commander-in-chief.
Note to Matthews: when I’m working with a superior officer for whom I don’t care, I don’t tell him (or her) what I think. It’s not my place. I might like the opportunity to tell him to piss off, but I’m going to do what I’ve been trained to do–follow the rules, do what I’m told, say “yes, sir!” and STFU. Even if I think he’s 100% wrong I’m not going to show so much as a microexpression letting him know that I disagree. Why? I can lose my career, and that’s not worth it. And mark my words, Matthews, a large portion of those cadets actually don’t agree with Obama’s speech.
Which is why I believe Obama made that speech at West Point. Nobody–not one soul–was going to question him. The cadets would be completely out of line if they did try to challenge Obama’s stupidity and would be drummed out of the military in a heartbeat if they did. Why make that speech before the Senate or House, where someone could call him out on his rank idiocy?
(I particularly like the picture Malkin posted of a cadet reading a book in the audience. If you notice the badge and ribbons on his chest, that soldier started out in the enlisted ranks and has already seen combat.)