By Ray Starmann
It’s been another spectacular week for the Pentagon. From US Navy sailors crying in front of their Iranian captors to Pentagon climate change mandates and the Draft our Daughters bill proposed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, the US military is being tossed to and fro inside a White House snow globe.
Our new best friend forever, Iran, released several pictures yesterday of an unidentified US Navy sailor bawling his head off like a overweight woman confessing her cookie eating disorder to Marie Osmond and Oprah. Seated next to the crying sailor was his commander, the Once and Future Chief of Naval Operations, Lieutenant Nartker who told his Iranian captors that their treatment was fantastic. This was after Nartker admitted guilt in wandering into Iranian waters. This was after Nartker surrendered his boats and men without so much as firing a cap gun in the air. This was after the sailors of the US Navy were ordered to kneel with their hands over their heads for our new friends, the Iranians.
The fact that two US Navy craft with superior weapons and equipment surrendered without a fight to smaller, lightly armed Iranian speed boats is a nothing less than a total disgrace.
Lieutenant Nartker’s conduct after his capture was an insult to every brave US Navy sailor who fought for this country.
Subsequently, the fact that a US Navy sailor was weeping openly while the Iranian TMZ guys had their cameras rolling is the final nail in the coffin for the current operational state of the US Navy today.
The fact that Lieutenant Nartker or his NCO didn’t tell this sailor to man up speaks volumes about the current training underway in the US military today. In the US military I served in, the crying sailor would have undergone wall to wall counseling from his NCO the moment they boarded a US Navy ship. The bawling seaman would have wished he was back in Iranian hands by the time his chief got finished with him.
There is no doubt that thousands, hundreds of thousands of men have cried in combat conditions in war. I have seen it myself. We are all mortal. But, to crack up only hours after capture, to weep like some milk sop in front of the Iranians and their media is frankly pathetic. I’m sure John McCain and his fellow POW’s in the Hanoi Hilton cried every night. But, they sure as heck didn’t cry in front of the enemy. John McCain would have rather died than disgrace the US Navy.
Where is such bravado today among the military?
The Iranians think the US military is weak. You know something, we are weak under Obama. We are a feckless, politically correct military that has been butchered by social engineers. I don’t care how much technology we have. Technology only goes so far. At the end of the day, you still need people of steel to serve.
Where are such people today? I pray there are still some in the ranks, for their officers are made of tin.
If the sight of some US Navy buttercup bawling for the mad Persians wasn’t enough, the Pentagon, following the orders of the Mad Kenyan, issued several mandates concerning the new policies concerning climate change, which the White House considers the number one national security threat.
Remember, folks, ISIS is not a threat, melting glaciers in the Upper Andes are.
The Washington Times reports the U.S. Armed Forces is being ordered to create “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to bring the issue of climate change into its “programs, plans and policies.”
The newspaper sites a new directive instructing all military brass to: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations.”
So, what does this mean exactly? Are we going to war with LED flashlights, organic MRE’s (meals ready to eat), and hypo-allergenic gun powder?
Will cage free goats now trim the grass on artillery ranges vs. the lawnmowers and tractors of yesteryear?
Are the troops going to be wearing those funky, Ho Chi Minh sandals they sell at Whole Foods next to the Smoothie Bar?
Will the troops only be issued one square of toilet paper a day?
Keep shaking your heads. I am.
And, lastly, Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former Marine and combat vet, has issued a direct challenge to Ash Carter and the women of America.
Congressman Hunter has introduced the Draft America’s Daughters Act, a bill that would require young women to register for the Draft with the Selective Service.
Hunter, a Republican representing East County, introduced the measure along with Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana as a protest measure against the Obama administration’s decision to open combat roles to women in the military.
The U.S. military is currently comprised of all volunteer forces, though young men are required to register with the Selective Service when they turn 18 in case a draft is revived. Hunter’s bill would require young women ages 18 to 26 to also register.
According to the Washington Post, Hunter said, “If this Administration wants to send 18-20 year old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives.”
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of all Likely U.S. Voters agree that women should be required to register for the draft. Nearly as many (44%) disagree.
But while 61% of male voters believe women should be required to register for the draft, only 38% of female voters agree. Most women (52%) oppose such a requirement, and 10% more are undecided.
Most women are still in the dark over the Joint Chiefs’ plan to force women to register for the draft. When the majority of American women discover this nasty little secret, the protests will begin.
The Joint Chiefs support this because the Joint Chiefs have surrendered their souls to the White House. The Joint Chiefs will simply do anything that is ordered, no matter how insane the mandate is.
There is the other theory that the Joint Chiefs openly support the idea of women registering for the draft in order to drum up societal resistance to the concept of women in combat.
But, I’m betting on moral cowardice winning the day at the Pentagon instead of some kind of heroic dissent.