On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
Campaigning for the presidency is exhausting work. Candidates are constantly on the move, making appearances, energizing crowds, and strategizing with their teams. And all the while they have to remain composed and camera-ready. They deserve some time off, right? But the decision of where to relax is fraught with political consequences; opponents can use too-ritzy locales or odd hobbies against their rivals. Case in point: Sen. John Kerry windsurfing while on vacation during the 2008 campaign.