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President Obama and Military 'Corpsemen'

By Ken Blackwell · Feb. 23, 2010

The blogs have been having a lot of fun with Vice President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe. The veep claimed that the U.S. would be the world economic leader “throughout the twentieth century.” I guess that was a safe bet.

President Obama’s gaffes are less frequent than Biden’s gaffe-a-day act, but they are no less revealing. YouTube watchers have had a laugh at the Commander-in-Chief’s latest stumble. Speaking about the military, he referred to a medical corpsmen as a “corpse-man.” The President apparently was unfamiliar with the term. And no one on his staff thought to prep him with a phonetic key.

Small matter? Not really. It stands with his famous 52-second video from the 2008 campaign where he stumbled over the term “Quadrennial Defense Review.” Civilian policy makers who have responsibility for military matters are wholly conversant with the QDR, and the term trips off their lips. Then-Sen. Obama showed how unfamiliar he was with military issues not just by his verbal stumble. He said he would not “weaponize” space. He meant he would dismantle Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. But the Left’s slogan about not weaponizing space forgets the fact that the old Soviet Union weaponized space back in 1957 when it launched the first earth satellite, Sputnik. The U.S. submarine fleet is equipped with tens of thousands of nuclear-tipped missiles–all of which would travel through space to their targets if the President had to order a retaliatory attack. Let’s pray he never does. And let’s pray this President learns something about the U.S. military before a crisis hits.

President Obama’s plan to repeal “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” is a further example of his lack of knowledge of the military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates pleaded before a Senate committee for a year to study and implement the Obama repeal of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.” Among the practical questions Gates is going to have to answer are these:

1. Will the military be ordered to recruit gays by quota? All other sub-groups in our all-volunteer military are recruited by quota. Women, minorities, specialties like doctors and lawyers, all are subject to quotas. 2. If the answer to No. 1 is Yes, then what would the gay quota be? Would it be the widely discredited 10% figure that gay activists like Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings always cite? Or would it be the more realistic “less than 3% figure?” 3. If large numbers of those volunteers currently serving in our military don’t re-enlist, or if sufficient new recruits cannot be attracted to the Obama military, will this administration bring back the draft?

These are all very serious questions to which Sec. Gates must apply himself. He must do this even while he is trying to win the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once the Obama military has been formed, how will the new gay troops be housed? And what about the stress on military health care?

Already, this alternate lifestyle has created what the gay groups themselves refer to as a Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Do the American people want to bring this health crisis into the ranks of our volunteer military?

In his address to the gay lobby, President Obama spoke of extending the right to serve in the military to all groups, regardless of sexual orientation. There is no right to serve in the military. There has never been a right to serve in the military.

Of course it was wrong ever to restrict the military service of black Americans, but it was also the fact that black Americans had served in every one of our wars, and from the first days of our Navy. President Harry Truman’s Executive Order that did away with segregated units in the Army was promptly obeyed in 1948 and generously praised by Gen. Colin Powell fifty years later. But, as Gen. Powell said the last time the issue of recruiting gays by quota for the military was raised, sexual orientation is essentially different from the “benign characteristic” of skin color.

President Obama’s plans can cause a crisis of confidence in the military. This plan threatens unit cohesion at a time when the Ft. Hood shootings already demonstrate a major failure of leadership in the Army. Barack Obama is showing that his only real interest in the military is to use it as a platform for radical social engineering. That does not pass the test of leadership.


Mark said:

My partner and I both spent 20 years in the Navy. Your tired arguements concerning unit cohesion and radical social engineering show how far to the right and out of touch you exist. Ask anyone in the military and they probably know someone who is gay. Gays are there now, they probably always have been, why not climb down off your horse of prejudice and join the rest of the real world.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Alex Torello said:

It's a shame that Mark chooses to employ the time-honored strategy of accusing the writer of "prejudice" rather than address his points of the argument.You do nothing to advance your agenda, but rather encourage a "bunker mentality" by those who are simply gathering information.As far as "knowing a gay in the military", back in the Cold War era we didn't ask--they didn't tell!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

MichaelSSEC said:

But of course, the obvious negative effects Obama's new policy toward gays in the military will have are not merely the unfortunate by-products but the underlying goals of the policy.Look at the changes President Obama has already made to our military. He has changed the Rules of Engagement so that basically our soldiers are not permitted to fight back. Period. The new rules are so ridiculously stringent that by the time they sort out every conceivable variable they are now required to determine -- while taking enemy fire, mind you -- either our brave soldiers will be KIA or the attacking force will have gotten away. He has changed the very words our soldiers may use to describe the enemy. "Terrorist" is no longer permitted as a descriptor of the terrorists our soldiers are fighting. That's like prohibiting our young men during WWII from calling Hitler's army "Nazis" because we were afraid of hurting the feelings of Americans of German descent. Not only is that absurd, it also underscores the mentality of this administration. Now if our soldiers capture a terrorist, they must be more gentle with him than a daddy changing his baby daughter. If he turns up with a bruise, the soldiers can be (and are being) court-martialed.And now President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military, is going to force upon our soldiers a policy that virtually all of them oppose, a policy that will reshape the relationships among the enlisted men, a policy that cannot help but undermine military discipline.Why would the C-in-C want to implement these policies? None of them are wise, nor have they had a positive outcome. They've caused huge problems, yet Obama refuses to reverse those policies. No sane person could implement those policies and expect a good outcome, so the fact Obama did implement them must mean he expected and desired the poor outcomes that obtained.Instituting quotas will be only the beginning. That will be followed by assertion of other imaginary "rights" and of course the usual lawsuits will follow. The military will quickly be reduced to yet another useless entitlement program for special interests and the pet groups favored by the Left. And at long last the Liberals will have what they've wanted since WWII: a totally dysfunctional, utterly useless American military.Who will keep us safe then?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

LtBadger said:

Really ?? Have you ever served in our military Mr. Blackwell ?Gays and Lesbians have fought and died in every single war that we have engaged in....starting with the Revolution.I find the irony of comparing your photo and your arguments amusing. Your blatant hypocrisy is amazing.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

mark said:

what military would want a bunch of femine looking and acting guys in the military parade ground.they should have held it with don`t ask don`t ur gunna tell me that a bunch sally`s sueing the government cause they can`t walk like a lady. put them all in one unit and see how they fare.

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