There's been a lot of discussion online about Beck's call for people to stay out of the military. I can see both sides. On one hand, our COUNTRY needs protected and defended by brave men and women regardless of who's president (or in this case, wanna-be Marxist Chairman). But on the other...
As rocketman points out in the comments at Michele Malkin, our men and women are being given
orders that violate the military oath all of us who served took to DEFEND AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION (and Country) AGAINST ALL ENEMIES BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.
They are made to take an oath and then made to violate that oath.
The one thing I know for sure is GOD BLESS these brave, selfless people for continuing in such impossible circumstances under a commander in chief that despises them. We need to all pray for them.
It boggles the mind.
A caller on Rush yesterday, with more than a decade of service, stated that the problem is that, after Tailhook, those seeking top rank realized that what they had to support and promote to move that far up was what Rush calls the "chick-if-ication" of the military. But I think that is to limited at term.
Ball-snipping is certainly part of it- aggression is bad, love is good and war should be pretty. Soldiers are supposed to somehow shoot with compassion instead of aggression. Attack not the enemy, but friends you haven't met yet, and attack them with a finely honed nest-building instinct.
But its also the idea exemplified by The Army’s top officer, General George Casey after the last terrorist attack, at Ft. Hood:
“Speculation could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers and what happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but
I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.
It’s not just about Muslims, we have a very diverse army, we have very diverse society and that gives us all strength. But again we need to be very careful about that.”
No buddy. Muslims have absolutely NOTHING to do with it.
Political ideals trump reality now. It is more important to cling to the illusion of a world without differences, in which all can be reasoned with, than it is to engage the cold, hard truth.
As a matter of fact, "cold and hard" are bad now. Soldiers should be more delicate and nuanced, carefully weighing the philosophy of what is happening and above all, considering the motivation of the man with a gun pointed at their head and how to turn those bullets into international flowers of love. It's at West Point too:
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, elevated diversity to a “strategic imperative” during his tenure as chief of naval operations. Academy leaders, on their official Web site, call diversity “our highest personnel priority.”
Not excellence. Not preparedness. Not loyalty. None of those quaint, old-fashioned concepts.
Diversity trumps all.
Again, all I know for sure is that we should pray every day for the American heroes that work to defend us under such mind-blowing conditions.
It's the very LEAST we can do (if we don't do more).
UPDATE: Whew! I was un-aware of the comment pile-up on Allahpundit, till I read about it at The Other McCain. Some really good comments!
I see sensitivity training and a good course in Post-Modern Feminist Theory in these guy's future!