[lit-ideas] Re: Another perspective on VP selections

  • From: "Julie Krueger" <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 23:36:16 -0500

Damn.  And I missed it.

Or ... did they agree to reschedule?

Julie Krueger

On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 11:32 PM, Mike Geary <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> That was supposed to be January 21.
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>
> Mike Geary
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 11:25 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Another perspective on VP selections
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>  Boy, Commander Coye better hope that McCain doesn't win or she'll be
>> unemployed January 1.
>>
>> Mike Geary
>> Memphis
>>
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>> ----- Original Message ----- From: <eternitytime1@xxxxxxx>
>> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 11:02 PM
>> Subject: [lit-ideas] Another perspective on VP selections
>>
>>
>> Hi, to all,
>>
>> This wlll be published as an op-ed next week.  I have permission from
>> her to post to a couple of lists that I'm on and thought this might be
>> one which would think about what she says in a different way.  (I'm on
>> a different list with her)
>>
>> Best,
>> Marlena in Missouri
>>
>> President Sarah Palin — Commander-in-Chief
>> by Beth F. Coye,
>> Commander, U.S. Navy (ret.)
>>
>> Senator McCain constantly describes himself as a military man who
>> always places "Country First". Unfortunately, his first big decision
>> as a presidential nominee puts "Risky Decision-making First" and
>> "Country Second."
>>
>>
>> As a woman who served my country as a naval officer for twenty-one
>> years and taught American Government and International Relations at
>> several universities, I am astonished by John McCain's vice
>> presidential choice, Governor Sarah Palin. Palin, who governs .2% of
>> the U.S. population, has neither foreign policy experience nor
>> knowledge of international leaders and countries.
>>
>>
>> Let's put McCain's decision in a military context: Captain John
>> McCain, a retired naval officer, understands our military personnel
>> system. Would he thrust someone who is the commanding officer of a
>> small shore-based unit and who has no seagoing experience into the
>> position of executive officer of a Navy carrier, or Vice Chairman of
>> the Joint Chiefs? These top military jobs directly compare with one
>> of the two highest
>> offices in our political system.
>>
>>
>> The military's personnel system never allows a Navy lieutenant to
>> fill an admiral's billet, or an Army/Air Force/Marine captain to fill
>> a general's billet; our political system, however, permits
>> presidential nominees to select anyone they want as a running mate —
>> whether or not the person has the requisite skill sets or experience.
>>
>>
>> Let us remind ourselves that, in the tradition of U.S. civil-
>> military relations, the Constitution names the President as Commander-
>> in-Chief. I find it unthinkable that someone with Sarah Palin's
>> minimal resume might someday be president or acting president and be
>> called upon to approve or disapprove recommendations by our most
>> senior military officers (e.g., the Unified Commanders or the
>> Chairman of the Joint Chiefs). Sarah Palin has likely rarely read an
>> NIE (National Intelligence Estimate)!
>>
>>
>> I have worked hard since the late '60s for the rights of women in the
>> U.S. military and in America and I believe Sarah Palin's nomination
>> insults women who have fought for equality and fairness in job
>> opportunities. This action also disrespects senior, qualified
>> Republican women who were passed over by Senator McCain in favor of
>> an unqualified, junior woman. The Palin choice, an act of reverse sex
>> discrimination, patently represents exploitation of women for
>> political purposes. In this regard, that Sarah Palin herself chooses
>> to accept the offer mystifies me and20many others. Does she not
>> realize that she is ill-prepared for the office and is being used by
>> the Republican Party?
>>
>>
>> Captain McCain demeans and diminishes the Offices of the Vice
>> President and President by selecting such an unqualified person. His
>> decision demonstrates a certain cynicism and flippancy toward the
>> highest offices in the United States of America. At this point in
>> American history, our nation requires a president who can reassure
>> the people in America — and the world — that he intends to return to
>> responsible leadership. Does any objective person feel reassured?
>>
>>
>> The personnel safety nets for precluding disasters in assignments in
>> both the military and corporate worlds are a finely-honed personnel
>> system and highly qualified individuals making thoughtful decisions
>> and assignments. What are the equivalent safety nets for our elected
>> leaders? There are four: (1) elected officials, (2) major political
>> parties, (3) the Fourth Estate (media), and finally, (4) the electorate.
>>
>>
>> John McCain's vice presidential selection, Sarah Palin, has slipped
>> through the first two personnel safety nets for elected high
>> officials. It's now up to the media and electorate to act as powerful
>> safety nets.
>>
>>
>> In sum, Sarah Palin's selection literally tests the strengths and
>> stability of our American political system.
>>
>>
>>
>> Commander Coye, served in three intelligence jobs and is a former
>> commanding officer. She is a graduate of20Wellesley College, the
>> American University School of International Service and the School of
>> Naval Warfare (Naval War College). Coye taught Political Science and
>> International Relations at the Naval War College and several
>> undergraduate colleges. She co-authored "My Navy Too", 1998, and
>> resides in Ashland, Oregon.
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