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Column ‘wholly inappropriate’

Published: June 1, 2017

The May 28 Opinion piece “I put a spell on you, President Trump” was wholly inappropriate, offensive, and never should have been put in Stars and Stripes.

I recognize Stripes’ independence, but I feel strongly that this particular piece — where the author encourages others (in this case all military members who read the paper) to cast a “binding spell” on the president (our commander in chief) to “keep him from succeeding at his tasks” — is prejudicial to good order and discipline in our military.

Whether one likes the president, or approves of his actions, is irrelevant. He is our commander in chief. He is at the top of our chain of command. For a military-focused newspaper to publish an opinion piece that encourages soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Defense Department civilians to do something to cause our leader to fail is wrong.

Please in the future consider more carefully what is written in an opinion piece before you publish it. We don’t need for “our” newspaper to get into the partisan politics that already has our country badly divided. Please just report the news and do not jump on articles that encourage the military to criticize and impede our chain of command, ever.

Joseph L. Ingignoli

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

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