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Clinton is planning on letting the U.S. flag fly Underneath the U.S.
Flag aboard a U.S. Navy Ship visiting Vietnam-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor According
to this Internet article, president Clinton plans on visiting
Vietnam in the closing days of his presidency. When he does,
he is going to break U.S. Navy tradition and break Naval code by
allowing the U.S. flag fly below the Vietnamese flag on the navy
ship that carries him into Vietnam. Vietnamese regulations
require the Vietnamese flag to always fly in a superior position to
any other country's flag.
The Truth: The
president's visit has now taken place and no such incident with the
flags occurred. In fact, the president always travels to these
types of events by air, not by sea, so it's not clear how this
allegation was ever made. The email that is
being circulated is a reprint of an article by Geoff Metcalf for
WorldNetDaily.com. He quotes unnamed sources within the Navy
who spoke to him only if they would remain anonymous.
Last updated 1/4/01
A real example of the story as it has
President Clinton reportedly plans to visit China and Vietnam before the end of his term, and according to high-ranking Navy officers, the commander in chief will alter long-standing naval regulations to allow the American flag to fly below that of Vietnam when he sails into the communist nation's territorial waters on a U.S. Navy ship.
Highly placed Navy sources who spoke on condition of anonymity believe this action on the president's part would further devastate already tenuous Navy morale. As part of his swan song, Clinton reportedly intends to visit two ports aboard Naval vessels. Trip one takes him to the People's Republic of China, which has a regulation that no war ship of any country may enter its territorial waters flying a flag higher than that of the People's Republic of China.
According to one Navy source, China and the U.S. have effected a compromise whereby both flags-the U.S. and the PRC-will be flown from U.S. naval vessels at the same height. But visceral outrage is resulting from a proposed change to Navy regulations that would result in the American flag being displayed subordinate to the flag of Vietnam. Navy regulations and tradition prescribe that no country's flag will be displayed in a superior position to the U.S. flag. However, Vietnam's rules reportedly demand that the Vietnamese flag shall always fly in a superior position to any other country's flag.
High-ranking naval officers, speaking on condition that their names not be published, say the reason for all the alarm, anger and career-threatening rhetoric is that Clinton allegedly has either ordered, or is about to order, the secretary of the Navy to amend regulations to permit the Vietnamese flag to be displayed over the U.S. flag. "I'd like to blow the @#&*% thing up!" said one frustrated officer.
The United States Navy Regulations began with the enactment by the Continental Congress of the "Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies" on Nov. 28, 1775. So a long and proud history bolsters the long-held Navy tradition that no country's flag will fly higher than that of the United States. Commenting on the report, Col. David Hackworth, America's most decorated living war veteran, said, "What's new? Clinton has done everything else to dishonor the flag, why not make it number two?" He added, "Congress ought to pull this traitor's travel plug ... now."
Calls to the Navy Staff Operations and Special Events office were referred to the Public Affairs Office, which then referred WND to the news desk. When WND outlined the scenario, the spokesman-whose first comment was, "Wow" - later called back to say, "We haven't been able to find anything on it yet, but we're trying to run the story to ground." Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, reportedly has visited the People's Republic of China recently also, although the reason for the trip is not known.
NOTE: Some of you may wonder what the fuss is about, but please remember that the Navy prides itself on honor and tradition. The Naval Officers are not being "childish and petty" when they speak out against this. Morale is at an all-time low, and military commands do not need to once again be berated for their job. How does this "slap in the face" decision fall under the power(s) of the Commander in Chief? It reminds me of when Hillary ordered that uniforms not be worn by the White House in-house Marines. This order still stands, if you visit the White House today, 8 yrs. later. What used to be a sought-after, privileged job, is now seen as a tour of punishment by these young Marines who stand around in civilian clothes. They not only lost their uniform but their self-esteem to be seen in the uniform they are asked to defend. How much more can the people that are asked to defend our freedom take? The crews on the Navy ships leave their families and loved ones behind more than 6 months at a time. Everything possible should be done to praise and encourage them for their dedication! Clinton will enjoy his boat ride for a few hours and never look back to see the eyes of the men and women who serve our country.
Just as the Clinton Administration will never look back at the damage that has been done to our Military and to this Nation.
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