By Ray Starmann
In the 1993 film, Gettysburg, Lieutenant General James Longstreet says to Harrison, the actor/spy from Mississippi, “You know what’s gonna happen here in the morning?”
Longstreet was attempting to convince Harrison that participating in General Lee’s attack toward the center of the Yankee lines on July 3, 1863, might not be in the best interest for his health and general well-being.
He was also pointing to the fact that Harrison, while motivated to the cause, was incredibly naïve.
US Defense Watch to President Obama, Ash Carter, Ray Mabus, Eric Fanning and the Joint Chiefs…
“You know what’s going to happen after April 1st?”
April 1st is the deadline for the military or Congress or whoever still has the intestinal fortitude to convince the Secretary of Defense and POTUS that their ideas of placing women in the combat arms and special operations are based on pure fantasy, and more importantly are going to put this country in mortal danger.
As of now, it looks like there’s no one coming to the rescue of the United States Armed Forces from its imminent execution date with the Marxist social engineers.
Senator John McCain was supposed to be on this. As of now, USDW has seen nothing from McCain on the subject.
Johnny, we hardly heard Ye.
Except for Congressman Duncan Hunter, other voices in the Congress have been silent as well. As the country focuses on the Trump/Cruz Twitter Wars, the US military burns.
Liberals live in a fantasy world, a virtual unreality, a Willy Wonka’s Factory of imaginary ideas and policies. It is a world where things can be any way you want them, just because you want them to be that way. Want to pretend we’re beating ISIS, when we aren’t. No problem, roll out John Kerry and have him tell the world we’re beating ISIS. Want to pretend women can be Navy SEALs, when everyone on the planet knows it’s simply impossible. No problem, send Ash Carter out and have him make a speech as Joe Dunford stands next to him looking like he’s swallowing whole grade cyanide.
It’s a sign of the times…
The military, from the Joint Chiefs down to middle management is suffering from massive cognitive dissonance. Everyone knows the concept of women in the infantry, armor, artillery and special operations is sheer madness, but no one says anything, for the fear of being tossed out and becoming one of the 102 million Americans currently not participating in the work force.
While women can and do serve in a majority of the positions in the military, the combat arms and special operations are different.
Women simply do not have the upper body strength, the aerobic lung capacity and the testosterone laced aggressiveness to complete most combat arms and special operations missions. They are also more prone to injuries and women have obvious hygiene issues that make their deployment into field environments untenable.
For example, during the Gulf War, the author did not shower for fifty days. This is nothing strange for a combat unit deployed in a war zone. During WWII, most GI’s landing on D-Day didn’t get their first shower until two or three months later. In Vietnam, troops would go out on patrols for weeks at a time, without access to any hygienic facilities.
The problem with policies made by people, who have no experience, is simply that they have no experience. They are either bureaucrats or zealots who have rarely, if ever, spent one moment in the military or in a war zone. Ash Carter doesn’t know anything about serving in the combat arms or special ops. His idea of pogey bait is a five course meal at the Ritz Carlton.
Here are some more questions Carter and Mabus and Fanning and Obama have certainly never asked themselves:
How is a five foot two, 95 pound woman supposed to kill a six foot two inch, 200 pound Jihadi in hand to hand combat?
How is a woman supposed to carry the heavy loads of 70 pounds or more an infantry soldier carries into war?
How is a woman supposed to lift a 155mm artillery shell that weighs 100 pounds?
How is a woman supposed to pass BUD/s, US Navy SEAL training?
The list could go on for fifty pages. It is not an indictment of women who perform many jobs in the military very well. It is an indictment of the stupidity, cowardice and political correctness of our leaders.
The naysayers will point to the fact that three women graduated from US Army Ranger School last autumn. The Army loves to boast about this accomplishment for females, yet it refuses to release any information relating to the three females performances at Fort Benning. In fact, the Army is still flouting a request from Congressman Steve Russell (R., OK) and the House Armed Services Committee to turn over the Ranger School records of the three women, one of which was a 37 year old mother.
Reality check: 37 year old men don’t make it through Ranger School during an honest assessment. Most 27 year old men don’t make it through Ranger School.
Talk about a Bridge too Far.
Others will say wars are high tech now and fought with drones and lasers. It’s all a big Nintendo game where everyone gets a shower and three hots and a cot every day. Wrong. Just ask the boys that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US military may have the high tech tools of war, but the story remains the same: soldiers and Marines are needed to take and hold ground as Roman Legions were needed 2000 years ago.
Ash Carter mentioned recently that “standards will be kept the same.” No they won’t Mr. Secretary, they never are. That’s part of the BIG LIE.
Reports are already emanating from Benning that women had special treatment at Ranger School from Day One: showers every three days, a pink curtain around the field cathole, pre-pre Ranger training, a nutritionist, etc, etc, etc.
A pink curtain, now that’s tactical.
Supposedly, standards in fire departments are the same, yet I never see women responding to a fire. They’re back in the fire house making coffee or working on the computer. If you were trapped in a fire, who do you want carrying you out of the burning building, a male bodybuilder or a 100 pound yogini female?
The military has been lying to itself for years over physical standards for women. Ninety-eight percent of the females that graduate from US Navy Basic Training at Great Lakes fail the fire hose carry test. Women simply do not have the upper body strength to haul a heavy hose up several flights of stairs and put out a simulated fire.
So, what, one may ask, does the US Navy do when a ship stocked with females is hit in battle and catches fire?
It burns and people die, in order that political correctness may live on.
Isn’t it neat? We’re being progressive: women in Delta Force, women in the infantry, women in armor and artillery.
It’s soooo Sanders…
A president who can’t even say radical Islamic terrorism as the monsters come out on ISIS Street and loot and butcher the planet thinks this is just a swell idea.
The social engineers have never understood that war is not an equal opportunity employer and neither is the military.
A 50 year old guy is too old to join the Green Berets and the military in general. Why? Because 50 year old men can’t complete physical tasks as efficiently as they could when they were 20. Does that mean that we should all go out and demand Obama authorize us to be in SF?
No, the nation’s defense hinges on the fact that young, aggressive studs are in Special Forces, not AARP card holders.
Carter, Dunford, Dempsey, Mabus, Fanning, McHugh; they aren’t some great progressives doing some awe-inspiring deed for humanity like freeing the slaves. They are destroyers. They are a wrecking crew. They are Obama’s willing executioners.
As the world is being attacked by Muslim butchers, we deliberately weaken ourselves.
As the Chinese build armed sandcastles and unload military erector sets in the South China Sea, we commit national suicide.
Isn’t it neat? Women in the SEALs. Just like in the movie with Demi Moore.
It’s almost like a Hollywood fantasy come true.
It is a fantasy.
Years from now, when the nation is in ruins and the military lies in a million broken pieces scattered across the globe, the people will wonder what went wrong and who is responsible.
Those responsible are those who wear the uniform right now. In an attempt to protect their livelihoods, they have forgotten the almighty words of Douglas MacArthur…
And through all this welter of change and development your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purpose, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishments; but you are the ones who are trained to fight.
Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.
April 1, 2016…
April Fools’ Day, what a fitting irony to what people in the future will say was The Day the US Military Died.