Pentagon gives soldiers pre-approved lines to parrot at 4th of July event

While the US navy likes to say that it fights for freedom, apparently this doesn’t prolong to freedom of speech, because the Pentagon has instructed soldiers to spout accepted ‘positive statements’ at July 4 celebrations in DC.

Service members taking part within the ‘Salute to America’ event at the National Mall had been reportedly given playing cards outlining ‘dos and don’ts’ for the celebration, which the Pentagon described as being a tribute to those that “defend the American way of life.”

And but, that approach of life doesn’t seem to prolong to service members, because the Department of Defense supplied them with acceptable “positive statements” to put together and observe, together with, “I am proud to serve this nation and I am proud to be a service member,” and, “I am proud of my job and my vehicle/tank.”

The service members got recommendation like, “stay in your lane,” and to keep away from “saying anything you don’t want to be heard or recorded.”

It isn’t clear why the Pentagon felt it crucial to guarantee its soldiers towed the social gathering line like loyal topics of an authoritarian dictatorship, or characters from George Orwell’s 1984. Perhaps there was some concern that the servicemen might voice their opinions about being pushed into one more battle with Iran, or are drained of preventing an 18-year-long battle in Afghanistan. 

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