In the wake of the dismissal of U.S. Marines Sgt. Gary Stein for being critical of Obama on a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party, the Marine Corps Times is reporting that Stein is neither alone nor unusual in his sentiments.
The cover story in the latest issue (March 26, 2012) of Marine Corps Times (MCT) says that “anti-Obama talk is being heard” in the Marine Corps. Here’s the issue’s cover:
Gina Harkins of Military Times reported about this MCT cover story here. Her report, alas, is very brief:
Sgt. Gary Stein might be saying things about President Obama that a lot of Marines think, but some are saying he took it too far.
Stein has come under fire for stating on Facebook that he wouldn’t follow certain orders given by his commander in chief. And Marines say Stein’s not alone in his disapproval. More anti-Obama talk is being heard in the workplace and new Military Times poll data shows declining approval among military service members for the president’s job as commander in chief.
The Marine Corps depends its chain of command structure, especially in a time of war. Some Marines say Stein and other vocal Marines like him are undermining that system.
See this week’s issue for a breakdown on what is happening, what it means for the chain of command and what Marines are saying about it.
It turns out Gina Harkins is the author of the MCT article in question. So I purchased a subscription to the MCT to access the actual article. Curiously, I couldn’t find Harkins’ article online — on MCT‘s website. But I was able to find the article in MCT‘s print edition. Alas, MCT does not let me copy and paste from the article; I can’t even print the article. Such obstacles are tantamount to waving a red flag in front of a bull. LOL
So I hand-copied the article in its entirety and re-typed it. Alas, Marine Corps Times will not allow FOTM to re-publish the article, citing copy right violation. So I’m posting only the choicest sentences from the article.
Here are 2 paragraphs from “Social Insubordination?: Some Marines are speaking out against the president — and may be undermining the chain of command,” by Gina Harkins, Marine Corps Times, March 26, 2012 issue, pp. 22-23.
“[...] Stein is not alone in his disdain for the president. Published in early March, the most recent Military Times survey of active-duty service members shows the lowest approval ratings for Obama’s job as commander in chief since he took office in 2009: 25 percent, down from 35 after Obama’s first year on the job. And rank-and-file Marines are hearing considerably more anti-Obama talk on the job than they noticed in the past.
[...] Of the 792 active-duty troops and mobilized reservists who responded to this year’s Military Times Poll, 44% said they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as commander in chief.”
It’s official: Sgt Gary Stein has been recommended for a discharge from the USMC. Click here.