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I just read "It’s up to the Afghan people" (letter, Sept. 9) and I have to say I am truly surprised at how many servicemembers are coming out to take a stance against the president’s policies.

One was saying that health care reform couldn’t work; the major who wrote "It’s up to the Afghan people" was saying we need to get out of Afghanistan, and another was saying President Barack Obama wasn’t really the president because he wasn’t born in the United States.

Isn’t there some kind of a Uniform Code of Military Justice code that states servicemembers will not openly make comments against the president or those in their chain of command and their policies? I’m fuzzy on my UCMJ codes, but I’m sure there is something in there.

I remember not a year ago that if you spoke out against the president or his policies you were called unpatriotic, un-American, a traitor, or, in some extreme cases, even accused of treason. What has changed, and why the double standard?

Our current president deserves the same respect shown to the presidents before him.

Carlos L. SaylesHeidelberg, Germany

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