Robert Knight, a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times, is one of the best national voices on cultural issues. His latest article is titled
Obama militants shoot warrior tradition first, ask questions later
What follows are a few excerpts:
“We used to conform behavior to the military. Now we’re conforming the military to behavior.”
Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, belled the cat neatly during a hearing last Friday on the military’s breakneck pace in implementing the new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) law.
Mr. West, whose 20-plus years in the U.S. Army included combat commands, noted that he and others at Fort Bragg had to endure “sensitivity training” in the 1990s. It didn’t enhance the “warrior ethos,” he recalled.
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[Testifying before Congress, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel Clifford L. Stanley and Navy Vice Admiral William B. Gortney]… should have said was: “We’re rushing to do what Mr. Obama wants before the country awakens from its fiscal nightmare and realizes we’re trashing the moral culture of the only military we’ve got.”
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Over and over, the two witnesses gave PC mush and asserted that other nations had done this, so we can, too. After all, we’re just like Holland. For one lucid moment, however, Mr. Stanley left the PC bubble and pointed out, “We are the United States. We’re a little different” from other militaries. Yes. We have the entire free world depending on us.
Both Mr. Stanley and Adm. Gortney insisted that chaplains and others troubled by the new policy will face no repercussions. Sure they won’t. Adm. Mullen has already invited anyone who disagrees to leave the military.
“We’re not asking anyone to change their beliefs, just treat everyone with respect,” Adm. Gortney said. What if you don’t respect your (male) commander for having sex with other men or wearing a dress and pumps while on leave?