What’s the Message?
Recently 3 Navy Seals were acquitted of being unkind to the one of the murderous bastards they were ordered to prosecute severely. At this point let’s not discuss the silliness of charging them with a crime and just focus on the unintended consequences caused by the touchy feely bureaucrats who thought this was a good idea.
Men and women who volunteer to go in harm’s way need to wage a war on a Global scale, a Global War on Terror; they fight for freedom and overcome obstacles as the accomplish their mission under fire and with as few casualties as possible. When we were still real men we waged war in a Global War on Terror, but it seems we suffered some sort of an accidental testicle-ectomy and are now engaged in an overseas contingency operation.
These 3 American Heroes fell in the crack between a Global War on Terror and an overseas contingency operation. They were trained to wage a war, but were measured by their compassion and their ability to feel the pain of their opponents. The primary witness against them was the target they were assigned to prosecute with extreme prejudice from their Global War on Terror training. As the witness murdered and mutilated 4 US Contractors working in Iraq, he was collecting information and evidence against the unkind treatment he received from Navy Seals (Real World American Heroes) who hunted him down and attempted to kill or capture him, as they were trained to do.
The villain of this story should have been the overseas contingency operative, formerly known as a terrorist, but it turns out that the villains are the brave Heroes who prosecuted him with insufficient prejudice, and that shortcoming allowed for the overseas contingency operative, formerly known as a terrorist to be available to testify in a court martial. The lesson to be learned from this sad tale of political correctness is to do your job well and eliminate ALL of the witnesses. Can you say unintended consequences? Let’s teach our heroes to kill them all before they have a chance to snitch on us, because we are being led by the sort of people that want to punish the heroes as they do what they’re instructed to do.
The other unintended consequence is that we are training the heroes to be more timid and avoid risk so they can avoid a court martial. Do we want our fighting men and women to duck behind some cover in the middle of a fire fight and weigh the pros and cons of firing back based on the consequences of a court martial on their promotional possibilities in the future?
My preference would be to recognize the courage and devotion to duty demonstrated by our men and women in uniform and reward their commitment as they wage a war on terror. Save the lawyers and courts martial for election day as you use them to sue and oppose your loss at the polls. Find your touchy feely side and a sympathetic shoulder to cry on as you try to sue yourself back into office.
Our men and women in uniform deserve better from their leaders than a court martial for risking their lives for us and for freedom.
Perhaps the unintended consequence for prosecuting heroes for being unkind to a killer is a loss at the voting booth. We can only hope!
Vote the Bums Out,