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Debasing Our Military, One Politically Correct Moment After Another

By Arnold Ahlert · Feb. 27, 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.

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.


Mindblown in Flyover USA said:

Thank you for reminding us. Let us not forget that more people at Ft. Hood might not have even been wounded had the military been allowed to carry weapons on base.The PC antics, bowing and scraping, of this administration and, by extension, the military make one wonder if we will ever reclaim the respect of the world.

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Mike in Indianapolis said:

It appears that my thinking has been bass-ackwards.All this time I thought the proper way of handling documents that advocate the violent overthrow of the lawful U.S. government was to burn them. I guess we learn something new every day if we pay attention.When do we get to hear the apology from the Afghan government for murdering Americans?

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

Sensitivity training by wearing fake boobs and bellies?I'm reminded of when I went through The Basic School (TBS) as a young Marine 2ndLt thirty years ago. Back then only 1 of the 8 companies that went through TBS had women in it, and the women in that company were in their own platoon. I was in that company.When we went on training marches the normal routine was to march for 55 minutes and rest for 5. In the all-male companies, the rate of march was so intense that you literally collapsed during the 5-minute breaks. In the mixed sex company, the company could only march as fast as the slowest platoon (the women). When we got to the 5-minute breaks, the women would collapse in exhaustion while the male platoons would do calisthenics.If we had done that today, we'd all hav been hauled off to "PC prison".

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Jonathan Sipe said:

The relition of peace huh. An appologize is issued to them and they see that as weakness, become more enraged, and kill more people. Some peaceful religion. Political Correctness needs to be thrown out the door. We need a Predident who will stand up for America and our military personell instead of cowtowing to some extremists who found out from our PC, anti American media about the burning of detrimental, terrorists material. There was absolutely no appology necessary for the soldiers doing their job trying to defend Freedom. The appology should be made to the soldiers. As for sensativity training in The Military. It's the Military, there is no room for sensativity. Either you can perform your duties or you can't.

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

JAC in Texas said:

The author forgot #4: Forcing the military to accept open homosexuality in the ranks.

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Mike Schuerger Sr. said:

A couple of corrections:It was *14* killed - one woman was pregnant. I can understand why the pro-abortionist Executive Branch miscounts since they don't believe the unborn count, but why are YOU letting them get away with it?Second, it is the "Medal Of Honor" not the "Congressional Medal Of Honor."Sheesh.

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

HDS in California said:

Don't worry Arnold, the women will take over very soon and all will be ok, right? They will stop all debasing! However, the one that would do much better and not only in the military but all over, is none other than Ron Paul, who in full obedience to the Founding Fathers would bring all our troops home and rebuilt America and create freedom around the globe. Was this not mandated by George Washington so long ago? For those born Americans who even know who the Founding Fathers were. As a legal immigrant of 57 years I find much ignorance amongst born Americans as to the greatest young men ever on planet earth, who gave birth to this once fair land! Please stone me for saying such, but truth, it is!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Bruce R Pierce said:

If the ARMY had tried that with me while I was in there would have been one more Courts Martial.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Howard Reed said:

Hello America,Unfortunately the PC based sensitivity based training sessions that have become epidemic and ludicrous began during the Vietnam Era. I am a Vietnam career Air Force veteran that saw this disease creeping into what used to be a rugged combat ready force in the 60's. Who was the president that began the erosion of our fighting forces? None other than the innovater of the super liberal Great Society, Lyndon Baines Johnson. He also deliberately using the Gulf of Tonkin ruse got us into the quagmire of Vietnam for the soul purpose of enriching his family and friends and bolstering an economy almost as bad as the one another super liberal has got us stuck in.As long as we allow liberals of any bent to occupy the White House and hold majority in Congress you are going to have the cancer that is political correctness eat away at what used to be the viable fabric of our propsperous and moral society.The PC crowd are more than willing to sacrifice lives in order to continue the PC crusade. That was proved at Ft. Hood and other places. As far as high ranking officers going along with this cess pool mentality of their civilian leaders, they don't have much of a choice if they want to further their careers. Some though, by their ideological left leaning bent are willingly brainwashed into accepting this garbage.If we want our country back we have to identify liberals, 95& can be identified by their political affiliation. They don't call it the Party of the Jackass for nothing. Once identified they become a poison pill within the political system. I'm not going to pick on just Democrat's, we know there are progressives in the GOP as well. Again, identify as political poison pills not worthy of being Americans, let alone given the authority to govern.Never, trust a person with a Middle Eastern sounding name to serve our nation in office. B. Hussein should have sent up major red flags among voters. Oh, by the way . . . you miss GW yet?The PC'rs are outright destroying our nation. Some aren't even trying to hide the fact anymore . . . hey B. Hussein and 'Hapless' Holder. Let this be the year in which the vast majority develop the Tea Party Spirit of 76. Let this be a year when we retrace our history to its foundational roots that gave us the greatest law document in history, to become a threat to all politicians.The Turban Torpedo

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Rob in FL said:

As a retired military officer I cringe at what our troops are now required to tolerate in the name of political correctness. I can state with absolute certainty from bitter personal experience that any active duty officer that protests the insanity of political correctness will quickly find themselves passed-over for promotion and booted out. Thus, not only must active duty officers tolerate eating the manure sandwich of PC behavior, they must also pretend that they enjoy it with sufficient enthusiasm to avoid the poison pen of their superiors' wrath. I'm thankful that I no longer have to tolerate such betrayal, myself, but I often wonder why any current active duty officer with integrity would opt to remain in the military a single day beyond 20 years.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Dave S said:

@Mac, While you are correct that the Military are required to carry out the orders given to them, they are NOT reuired to carry out those orders that they feel are unlawful. If all the officers would recognize that most any "order" from this administration is unlawful, considering that the "Commander -in-Chief" totally ignores the Constitution AND his "oath" to "support and defend" same, then perhaps our military could once more be proud of themselves. Having served 22 years myself, including Kennedy through Reagen, I feel I have a pretty good idea of what a Commander-in-Chief should be. Obummer ain't it.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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