From Canada Free Press:
Victory against Islamic terrorism has been completely removed from the equation
Debasing Our Military, One Politically Correct Moment After Another
by Arnold Ahlert
February 26, 2012
For many years, the military was the last bastion of resistance against the bankruptcy of progressive thinking. No longer. Three vivid illustrations of what those who volunteer to defend this nation must now endure, stand as a beacon to the corruption that political correctness brings wherever it is unleashed. I could not be sadder for those who put themselves in harm’s way. They deserve far better.
First, the Fort Hood massacre. Army brass knew that Major Nidal Hasan was a an Islamic radical, long before he killed 13 and wounded another 32 of his fellow soldiers. A report released soon after the atrocity provided a devastating indictment of political correctness. “Although neither Department of Defense nor the FBI had specific information concerning the time, place or nature of the attack, they collectively had sufficient information to have detected Hasan’s radicalization to violent Islamist extremism, but failed both to understand and to act on it,” the report stated. It further noted that the Pentagon “possessed compelling evidence that Hasan embraced views so extreme that it should have disciplined him or discharged him from the military, but failed to take action against him,” and that his military officer evaluation reports were “sanitized” to minimize his “obsession with violent Islamic extremism.”
That report was released in February of 2011. Not mentioned were two repugnant realities. The first involved the president of the United States. Despite knowing about the shooting prior to taking the stage at a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Three minutes later he got around to telling the nation about the slaughter. In a better world, such calculated restraint should have signaled the end of his presidency. In this one, it has long been forgotten.
Even more reprehensible than the president was General George Casey. Even as the wounded were still lying in hospital beds, the Army’s top officer was obsessed with political correctness. “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said — two days after the shooting.
More insanity, and a further insult to our men and women in uniform? Rather than characterize this Islamic terrorist attack as what it truly was, the Obama administration’s Defense Department labeled it “workplace violence” in a letter released last December. This reveals a simple reality: the maiming and killing of American soldiers is still trumped by the poison of political correctness.
Such poison is amplified by story number two. At Camp Zama in Japan, the Army ordered combat veterans to wear fake breasts and “empathy bellies,” aka “pregnancy simulators” so they can get a better understanding of how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. The Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Exercise Leaders Course, or PPPT, will be expanded worldwide. Each NCO forced to participate in the program must wear the simulator for one hour. “When they first come in, the males are typically timid and don’t feel they have the knowledge to teach female soldiers,” said U.S. Army Medical Activity Japan health promotion educator Jana York. “However, after three days their confidence rises.”
Sgt. Matthew Prout, a 26-year-old member of the 88th Military Police Detachment at Camp Zama, inadvertently put his finger on the inanity of such a program. “My initial view of the Army was just kind of — we train, we fight,” he said. “But my eyes have been opened up to the family aspects of the Army as opposed to just the single soldier view.”
The family aspects of the Army? The humiliation of “sensitivity training” is more like it. Yet if making a man feel like a women in order to get formerly pregnant soldiers back into shape is considered a necessity, perhaps it is time for women to “understand” what it is like to be a man enduring physical training. Perhaps they too should be forced to “strap on” as it wer.e to fully appreciate what their fellow male shoulders go through.
The most troubling aspect here? The ongoing attempt to turn our fighting forces into a PC-mandated social engineering project. Again in a better world, someone in the chain of command would be forced to offer a cogent explanation as to how and why wearing fake breasts and fake bellies improves combat readiness. Just as troubling is the fact that no one in the chain of command has seen fit to make an issue of humiliating soldiers for sensitivity sake — which may say more about the Army’s current worldview than anything else.
And of course, all of the above must be seen through the lens of having pregnant soldiers in the first place. Forgive one for thinking that getting knocked up while serving one’s country demonstrates a considerable lack of judgment — until one remembers that non-judgmentalism is one of the sacred pillars of political correctness.
The ongoing and obsequious apologies made by president Obama
Which bring us to our latest insult of America’s fighting forces. The ongoing and obsequious apologies made by president Obama, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John Allen and other members of this administration for burning religious documents in Afghanistan — documents that contained “extremist inscriptions” being used to “facilitate extremist communications” — is nothing short of appalling. Furthermore Gen. Allen has added PC insult to injury: he has ordered all 130,000 coalition troops in the country to “complete training in the proper handling of religious materials” by March 3rd. “I’m going to take steps inside these headquarters to issue an order today on how we will handle religious materials for the faith of Islam, henceforth, by ISAF, so that something like this just cannot happen again,” said the general, who offered repeated apologies to the “noble people of Afghanistan.”
How is such obsequiousness working out? Four American troops have been killed in the ensuing rioting, which, as of this writing, has been going on for five days. At least 25 people have been killed so far — meaning Muslims are killing their fellow Muslims as well. Muslim scholar Robert Spencer explains the bankruptcy of political correctness being disseminated here. “General Allen clearly has no idea how weak and pusillanimous his repeated apologies…will make him appear to many, if not most, of ‘the noble people of Afghanistan,’” Spencer writes. “He should know enough about Islamic culture to know that it respects strength and sees apologizing and attempts at conciliation as weakness, only to be despised.”
Even more amazing is the fact that no one has disputed that the documents facilitated terrorist communications — which in and of itself represents a defiling of religious documents by Afghans themselves. How this bit of reality has been largely ignored is a testament to an administration, a military chain of command, and a mainstream media doggedly determined to maintain a facade of political correctness around the “religion of peace.” And nothing, not even the deaths of four soldiers, has put an end to the government-mandated groveling. Remember this is the same administration currently negotiating with the Taliban, which brings us to the ultimate PC-inspired insult our soldiers are forced to endure:
Victory against Islamic terrorism has been completely removed from the equation.
For the thousands of Americans who have been killed and wounded, and who volunteered to put their lives on the line, this remains the ultimate defilement of their sacrifice. Those who have subjected some of our finest citizens to the absurdities of the “Rules of Engagement,” “winning heart and minds,” “counter-insurgency,” “nation-building” or any other euphemism used to obscure the utter bankruptcy of politically correct warfare ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
Unfortunately, the elimination of shame has been one of the great “victories” that can be directly attributed to political correctness.
***Written by Arnold Ahlert**
SENSITIVITY TRAINING? FEMALE U.S. SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN ‘ENCOURAGED’ TO WEAR HIJAB
April 1, 2011
Female U.S. soldiers are being “encouraged” to wear headscarves in Afghanistan in an effort to get closer to the locals, according to The Daily Caller.
Major Kyndra Rotunda, the executive director of the Military Law and Policy Institute, says that being “encouraged” to do something in the military is tantamount to being “ordered” to do it, putting the servicewomen in a touchy situation.
The Daily Caller reports:
In an effort to get closer to the local population, American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians. But some question whether the practice constitutes cultural sensitivity or a form of appeasement that is degrading to U.S. soldiers.
Major Kyndra Rotunda, executive director of the Military Law and Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic, told The Daily Caller that while the women are not being ordered to wear the head scarf, encouragement is tantamount to a demand.
“They say they are encouraging women to wear the headscarf when they are out and about and on patrol. But the problem is — and I think anyone who has been in the military understands that being encouraged to do something is about the same thing as being ordered — it really puts them in an uncomfortable position when their commander says, ‘We really want you to do this, technically you don’t have to, but we really want you to do this,’” she said.
Lt. Col. Michael Lawhorn, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, stressed to The DC that while commanders are encouraging American women to wear headscarves while engaging with civilians, they are not having them wear the headscarf in lieu of their kevlar helmets.
H/T The Blaze
War Fighting The Liberal Way
NorCal Blogs reminds us that right after Obama selected a new general to manage the war in Afghanistan casualties began to creep upward as leading military officials said the Taliban presence is growing and the situation in Afghanistan is seriously deteriorating.
In response to the increasing threat, Obama’s new man, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, laid down stricter rules of engagement in a tactical directive sent to all foreign forces in Afghanistan. The US Army spokesman in Afghanistan, Col. Greg Julian, said, “The guidance to the troops clarifies that citizens are the centre of gravity and that we should do everything to gain their support and we must do everything to avoid civilian casualties….” He assured reporters this is absolutely not a repeat of the huge mistake we made in Iraq before General Petreaus introduced the SURGE and wiped out nests of enemy fighters and gained the trust of the locals by a show of force. This time taking the softer, kinder approach is different somehow, we’re not sure exactly how it’s different, but that’s their story and they are sticking to it.
The new policy has already seen a strong cut back in precision bombing of high value targets due to a concern about possible non-combatant collateral damage. General McChrystal felt the trade-off from grateful civilians verses killing enemy leaders would be well worth any American causalities this might cause. Already, this may be working as Taliban soldiers moving caravans of guns and ammo have expressed their deepest appreciation for the lull in aerial bombings.
Soldiers may not fire upon anyone unless fired upon. Then if the enemy combatants flee in the direction of civilians, they may not be fired upon at all in order to avoid civilian casualties. Again, General McChrystal made it clear soldiers should consider themselves as good will ambassadors first and soldiers second.
This outreach of concern and friendship should help the Taliban moderate their religious and political views, at least according to the new Obama/Army policy and then eventually we can talk them out of being evil, murderous thugs and we’ll all live happily ever after.
The Unofficial US Army spokespeople responded to this and said:
“Obama is F#@$%!#@ nuts and so’s his punk General! We are fightin’ and dyin’ over here against a determined, fanatical F^#$ing enemy who has NO F@%#ing rules whatsoever and he’s telling us to F@*&%$%& cut back on the bombing in areas we can’t reach any other way? Holy SH–! He’s also telling us to check fire until we’re shot at before engaging the enemy? And not to fire at all if there is one F#@#$%^& civilian in the area? You want us to check the civilians references first or what? Give us a break! We’re here to fight a war — we only know one way to do that and this ain’t it!
Meanwhile these Muth#%F#$%&%* Huns are running free all over the countryside, terrorizing the civilian populace, planting bombs, planning ambushes and killing soldiers right and left! What kind of A F%$#@&%% way is this to win a war? This is so F &^%$%$&#@# unbelievably stupid, and we know it’s coming right out of the White House from this stupid F@#^%&*&%$ dope smokin’, drug takin’, liberal puke who has never spent one day in a uniform. This F#@#$%^ As#@*&* is getting us killed over here and it’s going to get a lot worse… thanks to this F@%^&$#in idiot Obama!
You will never win sh## until the Taliban are taken out (dead) and the locals can finally feel safe. If this is the stupid F#@#@$%^ way we’re supposed to fight you people back home might as well pull us out now and give it back to the F’n Taliban!
NOTE: The Mainstream Media and the White House did not authorize the publication of the unofficial response.
There you have it America…….fighting WAR the LIBERAL WAY!
What will be Obama’s response the next time America is attacked?
“I didn’t see this coming”?
“They said they were going to be good guys”?
“We offered them tea and they promised they wouldn’t do this”?