Sarah Palin is making a stop at Fort Bragg as part of the tour to promote her book. The Army has decided to keep the press away, allegedly fearing it will turn into a circus. I don’t have a problem with that, but piece together the spokesman’s comments and see what he’s really saying. (She will be at Fort Hood in early December as well BTW.)
Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told The Associated Press that Bragg’s garrison commander and other Army officials had decided to keep media away from Palin’s book promotion. He said the Army did not want the Monday event to become a platform to express political opinions “directed against the commander in chief.”
“The main reason is to stop this from turning into a political platform,” he said. “There are Army regulations that basically prohibit military reservations from becoming political platforms by politicians.”
He said only one politician can use that platform, “and that person does it as our commander in chief.”
In other words, the official policy is that Obama can use the Army for whatever political purposes he wishes. “I support the troops – as long as they provide good photo-ops or can help me win an election.” Who could ask more from their commander in chief?