By Ray Starmann
The Ranger School records scandal is really symptomatic of the bodyguard of lies that the Army is now living by and expects the American public to swallow on a daily basis.
The Army would like nothing more than the Ranger School records story to go away. They would like the media to simply forget the whole thing.
They would like us to focus on anything, but Congressman Steve Russell and his pursuit of the truth.
US Defense Watch believes that the media and the public are not being told the truth and that Russell and the public have been lied to from the moment this story began on September 15, 2015, when Congressman Russell requested the complete Ranger School records for Captain Griest and First Lieutenant Haver.
The media can only report. It is up to the American public to make up their minds about this case.
The bodyguard of lies:
The Secretary of the Army stalled Russell for nine days and then asked for an extension to obtain documents readily available.
The Army waited another two weeks to tell Russell the documents had been shredded.
The Army refuses to tell anyone what the school’s policy is for the storage and destruction of Ranger School records.
Ranger School has refused to turn over the rosters from Griest and Haver and Major Jaster’s classes, which would allow the media to interview other students from the classes, subsequently forcing the media to submit Freedom of Information Act requests.
The Army refuses to tell the media why they shredded Griest’s and Haver’s records.
The Army refuses to tell the media what they are doing with Major Jaster’s records.
The Army expects millions of veterans and thousands of former Rangers to believe that a 37 year old woman and mother of two could pass a school that regularly crucifies 22 year old men.
The Army wants us to doubt that journalist Susan Keating’s Ranger School sources are real.
The Army wants us to believe that if Susan Keating’s sources were real they would come forward, when in fact, they are frightened of retribution. Considering the Obama administration’s treatment of whistleblowers, these fears are more than justified.
There is something truly rotten going on at Fort Benning and in the Army as a whole. A blind man could see it, sense it, feel it. It is a story as old as time and something that has taken on a Shakespearean grandeur.
Decent, honorable, brave men have become the operator controllers of policies so absurd that it would be laughable if it wasn’t true.
Decent, honorable, brave men now must make a decision whether to tell the world what really is going on or to continue the lies and corruption and irresponsibility.
At the end of the day, Major-General Miller and the cadre of the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade must decide if their country’s national security is more important than the political agenda that is smothering Ranger School, Fort Benning and the Army.
They do not like being in the spotlight. It was easier to just sit back and hunker down with the Ranger Handbook and pray that the nightmare would pass by, like the angel of death during Passover.
But, the stakes are too high now. Our national security is at risk because reckless, leftist zealots in Washington have been able to make the Army their pet social engineering project.
We are at a decision point. The truth must be told for the sake of our country. If the denials, delusion and deception continue, the results can only be disastrous.
“The eyes of the nation are upon you.”