Yep. They decided that, Kokesh may be an a**hole, but he's a short timer a**hole whose reserve days are almost up. So, they decided to give him a "general" discharge so he can go be an a**hole while not being a marine.
A Marine panel split the difference Monday, recommending an immediate general discharge under honorable conditions for embattled reservist Adam Kokesh.
I did get to see some video and pictures of the incident that led to his eventual reprimand. He had a lot of his original uniform on, with or without the "badges, name tags, etc" that clearly mark it as "marine". Except for the part where everyone knows that digital pattern is only used by the marines and the part where the boonie cap he continues to wear has the "eagle, anchor and globe" on front. That, I believe was the kicker.
He says he is going to appeal it for free speech for all his fellow marines. The problem is, he is going to lose. Splitting the hairs, marines can (and do) speak their minds. They just can't do it in uniform at a political rally.
Most whackadoo's chanting in Kokesh's defense don't get that.
He continues to claim that, if he went to support "Bush" he would never be charged. Well, yes and know. Clearly, George Bush is president of the US and commander in chief. Thus, soldiers in uniform are obviously allowed to attend meetings with their commander in chief. They can go to the GOP rally or Democrat rally in uniform if they ask for permission and if they do not participate beyond being a spectator. Once you cross into taking political action in your uniform, you've crossed the line.
It's that simple. This is how we keep from having Hugo Chavez come to power with the help of the military.