The Disease Of Political Correctness Is Rampant In Our Military
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By Don Feder
November 6, 2017
Now that you're through being nauseated, incensed and generally disgusted with the Bowe Bergdahl sentence – 20 lashes with a dishonorable discharge – keep it in context. The travesty is symptomatic of the political correctness that's rampant in our military.
Bergdahl's non-punishment may have been a way for the judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, to give the middle-finger salute to Trump, who called the deserter "a dirty rotten traitor who should have been executed."
In an e-mail to his parents before he took French leave in 2009, Bergdahl said he was "ashamed to be an American" (twice), that "the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools," that "the US Army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at... It is the army of liars, backstabbers and bullies," and "the horror that is America is disgusting." Don't hold back.
Six good men died searching for this piece of human offal. The wife of Master Sergeant Mark Allen testified at the sentencing hearing. Shot in the head looking for Bergdahl, Allen was sentenced to life in a wheelchair, unable to speak, raise his hands or hug his 9-year-old daughter.
In exchange for "the dirty rotten traitor who deserved to be executed," Obama traded five top Taliban commanders, who are presently plotting the deaths of more Americans.
Obama announced Bergdahl's release in a Rose Garden ceremony, flanked by his parents. His National Security Advisor Susan Rice hailed the deserter as a soldier who served "with honor and distinction." Lying comes easily to Rice, who spent two weeks telling the world that the Benghazi butchery was sparked by a video.
The prosecutors asked for a 14-year prison sentence for Bergdahl. Instead, he was demoted, fined $10,000 and given a dishonorable discharge. Bowe Bergdahl walked out of the courtroom at Ft. Bragg a free man.
Not quite as outrageous, but another sign of the times, is West Point graduate 2nd. Lt. Spencer Rapone.
While he was at the academy, Rapone's sympathies were widely known. He's an avowed Marxist who blames America for terrorist attacks. His tweets included "F—ck this country and its false freedom." In social media postings, he said he would "happily dance" on the grave of Arizona Sen. John McCain. In a photo, Rapone is seen wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt under the shirt of his uniform (probably because he couldn't find an Osama bin Laden shirt).
A history teacher at the academy made officials aware of this. Rapone was still allowed to graduate, commissioned a 2nd. lieutenant and is currently serving in the field.
But there are some things the military will not tolerate.
In 2011, Sgt. First Class Charles Martland and his commander, Special Forces Captain Dan Quinn, beat the schnitz out of an Afghan militia commander they caught raping a boy that he kept chained to his bed, a venerable Afghan custom.
Quinn said they felt morally obliged to intervene in these circumstances. The Army felt Martland and Quinn should have shown more cultural sensitivity. The Captain was relieved of his command and eventually left the military. Initially, the Army wanted to discharge Martland for conduct unbecoming, but changed its mind when the decorated soldier appealed.
The Air Force came down hard on Colonel Leland Bohannon, Inspection Agency commander at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, N.M., whose record includes 3,000 flight-hours and a Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan, among other decorations.
Bohannon's offense was refusing to sign a letter of "spousal appreciation" for the "husband" of a retiring gay service member. The Colonel said it was his Christian conviction that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, but found a two-star general to sign instead.
Not good enough. The "husband" or "wife," or whatever, complained and an investigation found the Colonel guilty of unlawful discrimination. His career is now in jeopardy. Bohannon had hoped to retire as a brigadier general – a rank which now will probably be denied him, his exemplary record notwithstanding.
Welcome to the new diversity army.
In 2014, a group described as "gay and lesbian service personnel" put on a drag show at Okinawa's Kadena Air Base. The scene of one of the fiercest battles of World War II, the island was the scene of a bizarre spectacle. To a sold-out audience, drag kings and queens performed to raise money for a nonprofit advocacy group for the military's "LGBT community."
A gay old time was had by all. (Yabba Dabba Doo.) Tech Sgt. Kristen Baker told Starts and Stripes, "Everything is just accepted. It makes me really proud to watch it."
Everything now includes the transgendered, so-called. In testimony before a Senate hearing in September, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said he told the president, "I would probably just say that I believe any individual who meets the physical and mental standards and is worldwide deployable and is currently serving should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve." Advocates for trans-rights called it a "huge" win and a "rebuke" of the president, who called for an end to the absurdity. (Dunford's commander-in-chief isn't Donald J. Trump, but The New York Times, CNN and Rachel Maddow.)
Ret. Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who oversaw the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," went further. Not only were men who think they're women (and women who think they're men) deployable – I'll bet Eisenhower and Patton wished they had a few battalions of these crack troops – but "there is no reason to single out these brave men and women and deny them the medical care they desire" – in other words, "sex-change" surgery and hormone therapy at taxpayer expense. I ask you, why should we not pay to encourage the delusions of these "brave men and women"?
According to the Center for Military Readiness, in a survey conducted by Military Times last year, 57% of active duty personnel "expressed a negative opinion of the decision to allow transgender troops to serve openly." C'mon people, get with the program!
Obama spent 8 years purging the military of warriors and patriots. According to Investor's Business Daily, at the start of his second term, at least 197 officers had been relieved of duty by the president for a laundry list of excuses, including "loss of confidence in command ability" – putting the welfare of the nation and its armed forces before the dictates of a demented ideologue.
One who was axed was Gen. Carter Ham, who was relieved as head of the U.S. Africa Command because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue operation to save the Benghazi victims. Leave-no-man-behind was the rationale for trading five terrorist leaders for Bergdahl – but not for trying to save an ambassador and three other Americans besieged in Benghazi.
During the Obama bloodletting, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely charged the president was "intentionally weakening and gutting our military…and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged."
We're left with an upper echelon of bureaucratic ass-kissers who can't wait to prove their allegiance to the prevailing cultural ethos, which probably has our enemies laughing their asses off in caves in Afghanistan.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.