By Ray Starmann
The United States Military Academy is being infiltrated and attacked by radical leftists, feminists and Islamists who are on a mission to transform West Point into a bastion of anti-American doctrine, feminist theology and Islamo-Marxist operations, just as they transformed the US Army into a leftist freak show in the last two decades.
The Long Gray Line is quickly becoming nothing more than an undisciplined, insubordinate mass of brainwashed, entitled social justice warriors more focused on the LGBT agenda and diversity than they are about putting cold steel down range.
After a summer of endless Navy misadventures and collisions at sea, that made McHale’s Navy look like a highly skilled U-Boot Wolf Pack, the focus switched to another service decimated by the Kenyan Commander in Chief, the US Army.
Over two weeks ago, the story of US Army Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone crackled through the media like a three alarm conflagration. Rapone, a former enlisted man was kicked out of the 75th Ranger Regiment, but then managed to finagle an appointment to West Point and subsequently graduate from the Academy, before being assigned to the 10th Mountain Division as a platoon leader. Rapone is a devout communist, a supporter of Antifa, a Che Guevara acolyte, who has called for violence and the sabotage of the US military on various online platforms, while referring to the Secretary of Defense as a vile f**k.
It was also learned that Rapone’s instructors and other cadre and administrators at West Point knew about Rapone’s devotion to a political ideology responsible for the deaths of 100 million souls in the 20th Century.
Yet, nothing was done to Rapone. In fact, his actions were defended by his Islamist professor, Rasheed Hoseini, a former professor, Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret.) Sean Cleveland, who now teaches at the Citadel and several students; one, a female artillery officer stationed at Fort Carson who essentially said Rapone’s Marxist-Leninism was known to everyone, no big deal and old vets needed to just shut up and let the army’s SJW’s win the day.
Nothing to see here America. Move on…
Apparently, Comrade Lieutenant Rapone is under investigation by the US Army. He will receive the due process his communist heroes would never have provided him.
Rapone’s story was just the frosting on the cake according to Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret.) Robert Heffington, a 1997 graduate of West Point, and a former instructor there from 2006-2009 and 2013-2017, who had a run in with an extremely insubordinate Cadet Rapone in 2015 and who reported his conduct and communist ideology to West Point administrators who did nothing in response.
Colonel Heffington penned an open letter this week concerning the many problems pervading the whole institution, from general apathy, to coddling of cadets, to leftist indoctrination.
Heffington highlights some main points:
“First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline.”
“The cadet honor code has become a laughingstock. Cadets know they will not be separated for violating it, and thus they do so on a daily basis. Moreover, since they refuse to enforce standards on each other and police their own ranks, cadets will rarely find a cadet at an honor hearing despite overwhelming evidence that a violation has occurred. This in tum has caused the staff and faculty to give up even reporting honor incidents. To make matters worse, the senior leadership at West Point actively discourages staff and faculty from reporting honor violations.”
“Academic standards are also nonexistent. I believe this trend started approximately ten years ago, and it has continued to get worse. West Point has stated standards for academic expectations and performance, but they are ignored. Cadets routinely fail multiple classes and they are not separated at the end-of-semester Academic Boards. Their professors recommend “Definitely Separate,” but those recommendations are totally disregarded.”
“The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the “I Hate America Course.” Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes. On the other hand, an entire semester of military history was recently deleted from the curriculum (at West Point!).”
“Conduct and disciplinary standards are in perhaps the worst shape of all. Cadets are jaded, cynical, arrogant, and entitled. They routinely talk back to and snap at their instructors (military and civilian alike), challenge authority, and openly refuse to follow regulations. They are allowed to wear civilian clothes in almost any arena outside the classroom, and they flaunt that privilege. Some arrive to class unshaven, in need of haircuts, and with uniforms that look so ridiculously bad that, at times, I could not believe I was even looking at a West Point cadet. However, if a staff or faculty member attempts to correct the cadet in question, that staff/faculty member is sure to be reprimanded for “harassing cadets.”
“This brings me to the case of now-2LT Spenser Rapone. It is not at all surprising that the Academy turned a blind eye to his behavior and to his very public hatred of West Point, the Army, and this nation. I knew at the time I wrote that sworn statement in 2015 that he would go on to graduate.”
Rapone was allowed to graduate because the left-leaning administrators didn’t want to do anything to him. Just as nothing was done about the 16 African-American female cadets last year who decided to pose for a picture in uniform, while giving the black power salute. The female cadets were supposedly protesting how oppressed they are while attending the equivalent of an Ivy League college for free. Imagine all those racist, white nationalist men oppressing African-American female cadets by opening doors to a wonderful future for them.
The curriculum calls for hating America, why wouldn’t the cadets also exhibit behavior hating the nation they serve as well?
The women should have been charged with conduct unbecoming, but the whole subject was swept under the same rug with Rapone’s Leninist behavior. After all, the women represented the Marxist, Black Lives Matter values of some professors.
Radical Islamist professors, communist cadets, professors who see nothing wrong with a cadet being a communist, cadets who idolize Black Lives Matter, apathetic, gutless administrators, cowardly instructors: West Point should heretofore be referred to as Moscow on the Hudson.
Goodbye Ike, hello Markus Wolf.
West Point no longer resembles West Point anymore, but rather some Santa Monica day school, concerned about nurturing children, where the teachers are all season ticket holders to the Bill Maher Show and card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Duty, Honor and Country are anachronistic terms to the left. To the left, American values, American honor, American exceptionalism and American culture must be destroyed and replaced by some vile vestige of rotting Orwellian globalism.
Sadly, West Point is indicative of the whole US military, which in 2017 is stocked with feminists, leftists and social justice warriors. Anyone who doesn’t support gays and transgenders on active duty and women in the Green Berets is looked upon as some type of Neanderthal.
Leftist radicals are putting the country in peril. It’s time for a purge in the military to begin before the inevitable takes place, the inevitable defined as the US military getting its ass kicked in the air, on land and on the high seas.
West Point must return to its old standards and it must have instructors and a curriculum which glorify the US military and America, not spit on it. The army and the US military as a whole must begin to RIF the perfumed princes, the SJW’s, the feminists, the radicals and anyone else who doesn’t understand what the mission of the US Army and the military is – to kill people and break things and to do it violently and swiftly.