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U.S. Armed Forces: ‘Courting Disaster’?

20 May 2014 @ 14:30

In his latest post over at Liberty Law Blog, Angelo Codevilla shines a light on a disturbing aspect of the Massacre At Benghazi that has received almost no coverage.:

Two highlights:

The abandonment of the State Department-CIA mission in Benghazi that came under attack on September 11, 2012 marked the failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward the Muslim world. That American generals and admirals raised no protest to the decision not to go to the American contingent’s defense dishonored our military and undercut its sense of duty, responsibility, and self-respect. The discredit brought upon the United States by foolish, dishonest foreign policies is dangerous and hard enough to live down. But history teaches that militaries whose moral qualities have been undermined court disaster, and that restoring those qualities is very hard.


On that fateful night, senior U.S. military officials were duty-bound to obey orders from the President through the Secretary of Defense. By standing down, they obeyed that duty. But by failing to protest publicly, even to resign, they betrayed another duty. All knew in their bones, from the first day they entered military life, that rescuing those they are bound to protect is the duty and honor that holds all militaries together, and that nothing so destroys a military force as superior officers who, out of self-interest, leave subordinates to their fate.

All Americans, regardless of political preferences, have reason to dread the spread among our armed forces of sentiments such as “They’re in it for themselves, why should I stick my neck out?” There is no way of knowing when or how such sentiments will manifest themselves. But history teaches that, in crucial military situations, they are the prime agents of otherwise unexplained collapse.

While the Massacre At Benghazi is, perhaps, the most visible example of this disturbing current running through the upper echelons of our Armed Forces, it is by no means the only one.

To cite just two examples:

-Where are the resignations over the allowing of Homosexuals to serve, which is a great threat to unit cohesion and an affront to Decency.

-The same goes for women in combat [where the latter President Bush deserves some of the blame for allowing women to, for all intents and purposes, engage in combat, though not officially – wink, wink].

Now, I understand that there is some evidence that some general officers, who were against such actions taken by the traitorous President currently occupying The White House, have been forced out of the Service, so, perhaps, this is a mitigating factor, but it does not sufficiently remove the worry that the upper ranks of our Armed Forces are nearly all these days Perfumed Princes.

Looking at the situation without letting my affection, respect, and appreciation for the U.S. Military get in the way, I must say that I am not surprised that this lack of Virtue, this bountiful Cowardice, has infected the upper echelons. It was inevitable, given that a nation’s military in The West ultimately reflects the Culture it is charged with protecting and fighting for.

Could This Be One Explanation?

  1. 20 May 2014 @ 14:31 14:31

    Reblogged this on CLINGERS… BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN !.

  2. 20 May 2014 @ 16:03 16:03

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Very difficult to take…but must be accepted, unfortunately. But not “Respected” or acceptable (excusably). As Paul Harvey would say: “And now the rest of the story”

  3. GomeznSA permalink
    20 May 2014 @ 19:39 19:39

    A couple of things, 1) whatever happened to the Deputy Commander who was getting a rescue mission ready to go and got relieved for doing so, on the spot (can’t remember his name – my bad – but you never hear about that any more) and 2) while some probably should resign in protest – for the symbolism if nothing else (although the lamestream media would ignore/cover up that just like they do anything else that threatens barry) by remaining in place they can – at least hopefully – mitigate some of the disaster that is being foisted on our troops.

  4. 20 May 2014 @ 22:36 22:36

    The biggest issues these days are nobody is willing to risk his pension and a good chance at being a director for a defense contractor once he has stars, and the fear of the political class. They all want to keep the pension safe. We’re talking men who spend thirty years in a single organization, and are unwilling to take that kind of risk to their own futures.

    The second, the fear of the political class, particularly the vengeful left, was demonstrated with the removal of GEN Peter Pace as CJCS for stating his opinion on the morality of homosexual conduct. Again, nobody wants to be the political football.

    Finally, as a long running issue, there is no officer who wants his career to end on the front page of the New York Times. It’s essentially a system designed to produce executives who don’t give a damn about anything other than the system continuing and their own retirement.

    The last time something like this happened, it meant bona fide war hero RADM Daniel V. Gallery, USN ended his career trajectory. But there are few men like Gallery, willing to be audacious left at that high of a level.

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