To the Editor:
The picture of two combat Marines holding umbrellas over President Obama and the Turkish prime minister in the Rose Garden is the height of arrogance and disrespect to all service members, active and retired.
Apparently, President Obama does not understand that loyalty and respect is a two-way street. This is no way to use and abuse a military man or woman.
First, it violates the Army and Marine code forbidding the carrying and use of umbrellas by service members in uniform. Second, it is just bad form to embarrass our fighting forces by reducing them to man servants to do a politico’s bidding.
Just because Obama is the commander in chief does not make it all right.
I have yet to hear any outrage from the commandant of the Marine Corps. Surely, he must be embarrassed beyond belief. Hopefully, he understands loyalty outranks politics and will find the “brass” to speak out.
George Van Riper