Opinion: General standing in front of us with hands on hips isn’t really making an impression
By a grunt
I don’t mean to be disrespectful. I’ve been in for three years, and I understand the chain of command as well as customs and courtesies.
But who the hell told general officers to always put their hands on their hips whenever they open their soup-coolers?
What does that signal? When I put my hands on my hips, I’m usually contradicting something a barracks lawyer just said, or else I’m fighting my bar tab at the Buckhorn Saloon. Which general has to fight a bar tab? They make so much money they just fart rainbow-colored fifty dollars bills and the bar staff run around picking them up like looters after an earthquake. Those generals leave the Buckhorn like nothing happened. Me, I’m talking to the cops.
So what is it with hands on hips?
I can see Adm. Halsey with his hands on his hips, directing naval combat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — there was a real war on back then! But mostly, I see my grandmother with her hands on her hips, scolding me for doing something wrong right …
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