By Ray Starmann
Watching the military lately is like watching an Evil Knievel 20 bus jump gone wrong; a Wide World of Sports skier careen into a throng of spectators; an out of control freight train laden with deadly chemicals, ready to derail that no one seems to have the ability to stop.
The merde is indeed hitting the ventilateur in the bowels of the Pentagon and across the world at US military bases and on US ships of war.
It’s safe to say that in the US military, the thrill of victory is long gone and the agony of defeat is here to stay. Our gallant military of yesteryear has been replaced by a military which is a walking, talking 24/7 BOLO.
But, wait a minute. I thought General Mad Dog, ‘chews concertina wire and spits out napalm’ Mattis was going to stop the PC madness, RIF the SJW’s, duds and the Obama-loving, Ash Carter feminist acolytes.
Think again; either the Mad Dog is so busy dealing with maniacs like Rocket Man and/or the depth of communist and SJW penetration in the military is unprecedented and rooting out the weaklings is a Herculean task that will take years, even decades. Or, and I hate to be that negative ex-intell guy, but Mattis himself is a SJW, a Potemkin Village with a PX haircut and a chest of fruit salad, hiding behind a library of 10,000 Bantam war books. I certainly hope the latter possibility is a big negative. I still have hope for the Mad Dog, but it is waning by the hour.
Two recent news stories seem to reflect the lousy state of the military in 2017.
This morning, a blizzard of articles swept across online news sites concerning new revelations, that not only is Fat Leonard and his corruption scandal still alive, but that 60 more navy admirals and 380 other navy officers and GS civilians are possibly implicated in this tale of greed, lust and treason.
The charges range from flag officers providing Fat Leonard with classified material on US Navy warship and submarine movements in exchange for sex and money; to bribery and racketeering.
According to the Washington Post, Fat Leonard exploited the intelligence for illicit profit, brazenly ordering his moles to redirect aircraft carriers to ports he controlled in Southeast Asia so he could more easily bilk the Navy for fuel, tugboats, barges, food, water and sewage removal.
The 350-pound Francis, also known in Navy circles as “Leonard the Legend” for his wild-side lifestyle, spent decades cultivating relationships with officers, many of whom developed a blind spot to his fraudulent ways. Even while he and his firm were being targeted by Navy criminal investigators, he received VIP invitations to ceremonies in Annapolis and Pearl Harbor, where he hobnobbed with four-star admirals, according to photographs obtained by The Washington Post.
The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against 28 people, including two admirals, since Francis was arrested in an international sting operation four years ago. Those cases comprise the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, but they represent a fraction of a much larger list of Navy officials under investigation but whose names have been mostly kept secret.
In response to queries from The Post, the Navy recently confirmed that it has been reviewing the conduct of 440 other active-duty and retired personnel — including 60 current and former admirals — for possible violations of military law or federal ethics rules in their dealings with Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
Sixty admirals: think about that. What does that say about the state of the military and the ethics and devotion to duty of the navy’s flag officers?
The answer: the Navy is in Deep Kimchi. Stay tuned, Fat Leonard and his 350 pound scandal are not going away soon.
While the navy is taking on water and sinking, the army is also consumed by crises.
On Friday, US Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl was given a slap on the wrist at his court martial by the presiding judge, Colonel Jeffrey Nance, who sentenced Bergdahl to a reduction in rank to private, a payment of $1,000 per month for 10 months and a dishonorable discharge.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 14 years.
Bergdahl deserted to the Taliban in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan. He was greeted by the Taliban Welcome Wagon, which held him captive for five years before President Obama traded him for five terrorist thugs and then lauded him as an American hero in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.
Obama’s heroes are America’s enemies.
Subsequently, six soldiers died in the process of searching for him and several other soldiers were wounded, some severely.
At the trial, doctors testified that Bergdahl had PTSD and a personality flaw.
One wonders why in God’s name would you allow this traitorous piece of garbage to walk free with just a slap on the wrist?
Apparently, Colonel Nance is yet another SJW in uniform, in a sea of leftists who now call the lean green machine their home. Nance was upset over President Trump’s Tweets calling for a severe sentence for Bergdahl. In a nutshell, Nance allowed a deserter to walk free because he doesn’t like Trump’s politics.
According to Business Insider, Nance stated before the sentencing, “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.”
In my opinion, Nance is no better than Bergdahl and his actions are not only disgraceful, but a spit in the face to the brave men who were killed or wounded searching for Bergdahl.
Bergdahl’s lead defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, told reporters outside the courtroom that he’ll appeal the dishonorable discharge.
“Dishonorable discharge is a lifetime stigma, and it deprives him of substantial benefits, which he badly needs,” Fidell said. “Beyond that, if you feel something fundamentally unfair has happened –– and I am talking about President Trump here –– that the judicial process has been distorted for improper, thoughtless reasons that are basically inimical to our way of life, rule of law in country, then you appeal.”
How about the benefits, Mr. Fidell for the men who died searching for that scumbag traitor you represented? Bergdahl is lucky he’s going to have a lifetime stigma of a dishonorable discharge and that he wasn’t stood up in front of a firing squad, which is where he belongs.
We wouldn’t want to deny a deserter his access to VA benefits and the GI Bill would we? So what if six soldiers died looking for him, it’s the new army and desertion is cool. It’s the Millennial Way. If combat gets a little rough, you just take your own time out with the enemy.
Judge Nance and Bergdahl are a sign of the times. They’re in lockstep with the other star performers in the army, Chelsea Manning, the Transgender Traitor and Spenser Rapone, the Communist Butter Bar.
Stay tuned to your cable guide. No doubt Bergdahl, Manning and Rapone will soon get their own reality show.
I only served on active duty for five years, but I never knew or heard of SJW colonels. Most colonels I ran into were Vietnam veterans who were patriotic studs.
I never knew any Marxists lieutenants on active duty who openly called for sabotaging the army. The Marxist lieutenants who wanted to damage the US Army were 40 miles away, on the other side of the Iron Curtain. We called them the enemy.
I never knew anyone in military intelligence branch who gleefully committed treason, sold out their country and then demanded a sex change operation that was granted to them by a Pentagon run by pinkos, and then was given a pardon by the commander in chief, a Manchurian Candidate president.
I never knew anyone who deserted. I served in the US Army when the military was about war fighting, when the military largely consisted of conservatives dedicated to their country and freedom, when the military’s leaders, while not perfect, had something which seems to be lacking in today’s armed forces – integrity.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s going to get a lot worse and it may never get better until there’s a series of total battlefield debacles.
God help us all.