Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In Uniform?

A  commenter at Bruce Bartlett's Facebook page reports that in 1932, at the time of the infamous "bonus march," it was still illegal for a military officer to wear a uniform in the District of Columbia.

No kidding?  Like Caesar not being permitted to cross the Rubicon?  Or the French hand-picking only one senior officer to come to town for the Bastille Day parade?  When did all that stop?

But then, at  time when wars are fought from air-conditioned mancaves outside Las Vegas, it doesn't really matter all that much any more.

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

Welcome to the National Security State which was created with the passage of the National Security Act of 1947. This act provided the basis and structures for the extension of American hegemony around the world. Specifically, the Act created the National Security Council (NSC) and position of National Security Adviser, the Dept. of Defense and its Cabinet Secretary,the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) as the Pentagon high command of military leaders, the Air Force and, of course, the CIA. From that point on, the military pretty much did whatever it wanted to do, including walking around DC in uniform.