Unbelievable: Pentagon says diversity and inclusion critical to mission success

I now know why the Army hasn’t trained for the past six months. According to Major General Jessica L. Wright (USARNG, Ret), acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, diversity and inclusion is critical to mission success.

As the National Review reported, Wright spoke Tuesday at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The webpage for the event, titled “Mission Critical: Transatlantic Security and Diversity,” explained, “it is a security imperative for military leaders to proactively advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) best practices,” because of the “rapid demographic change [and] advances in gender and LGBT equity and a new generation of veterans in NATO countries.”

Silly me, I thought a trained and ready force needed to be proficient in its war fighting tasks in order to fight and win our nation’s wars – that was what mattered for mission success. It seems this new perspective on our military is based upon the misguided progressive socialist vision of social egalitarianism.

I remember back during the Clinton administration when we received a new training edict. I was an artillery Brigade Operations Officer stationed at Ft. Bragg at the time. The mandate was called, “consideration of others” training, which we affectionately called “coo.” It mandated that platoon-sized units have 60-90 minute training sessions based upon vignettes that enabled the members of the unit to discuss their feelings.

Never mind we were struggling to keep our artillery crews qualified, since our ammunition allocation was cut. We were also struggling to keep up maintenance on our howitzers, since funding for spare parts was cut.

Some of you may remember after the Ft. Hood terrorist attack, then-Army Chief of Staff, General Casey, voiced concern about an adverse affect on diversity on a Sunday talk show. I don’t believe that was General Casey speaking but rather Obama administration talking points.

Our US military should not be based upon fairness, diversity, or inclusion. It should be about having the most dedicated and prepared warriors who will instill fear in the enemy. I don’t think Islamic terrorists will fear our military because we are inclusive and give everyone a trophy for showing up.

This is precisely why we need to elect more conservative leaders with military experience to stem the tide of this creeping social engineering. Find out how you can help with the Allen West Guardian Fund.

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Jim
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And maybe, just maybe some of the most “dedicated warriors” might be gay. And maybe having a bunch of homophobes harassing and hazing them isn’t a great for unit cohesiveness.

MotherBatherick
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That’s why there are commanding officers. I don’t think they need to be told to get along, it’s part of the job to…

Jim
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Oh, but don’t forget to give Allen West some money while you’re here.

BruceRW
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You mean like you give Obama and all the libs you love. Funny it’ s ok for youto support what you believe but repubs and independents it’s not ok

MotherBatherick
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Military members (gay or not) are probably offended by this and understandly so, just as many people are offended by Affirmative Action.

Thomas Paine
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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

Paul
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I guess the Col never met the SEAL who is now living life as a woman?

ServosT
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So we need to make policy to include the outliers and fringe and, quite frankly, the freaks of the country?

MotherBatherick
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What was Chris Beck nka Christine Beck known for before changing gender? What did they do first?

Rusty Aubrey
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The only “feelings” shared at basic were my DI’s boot in my a$$. 🙂

Benjamin Morgan
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Mr. West, you like Israel so much. Why don’t you take a look at their military. It is comprised of 33% women who have Access to 88% of the positions in their military including combat. The Israeli Army is chocked full of gays too. They are one of the most advanced fighting forces in the world who are on high alert constantly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_Israel_Defense_Forces

Dana F. Davis
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I’m all about female inclusion in infantry positions. Really, if the military taught me nothing else it taught me this: take your pussy with ya. And I have lived my life by that rule But if you think that teenage males, or those in their early twenties, think in any other manner you are sadly mistaken. Males “bond” – they bond through shared experience; they bond over beer; they bond through discussions of mutually shared interests and that includes women, Without this bond they will not go the extra distance to care for each other. And I would add that… Read more »
BruceRW
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Yes Israel is comprised like you said, but they are trained to do their job and do not spend there time in diversity classes and classes where they have to tell about their feelings; If I’m in combat I want someone who will fight with me and not be worried about his or her feelings. The enemy sure doesn’t care about them as they try to kill you. I’m sure there are gays in their military but where do you come with chocked full?

Benjamin Morgan
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You can Google it for yourself, I’m quite sure, but here is just one source and there are plenty more…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Israel

BruceRW
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I was just referring to chock full of gays which doesn’t really mean anything. I’m sure because of their policies there are many Gays in their Army and I have nothing against that. I am saying they are supposed to be training and not worried about going to sensitivity training and talking about their feelings

Benjamin Morgan
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The term I used was “chocked full” which means full to overflowing. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chock-full
I agree that there should be ongoing training, but I do not understand is why sensitivity training and physical training or strategic training are mutually exclusive. Instead of making the article about gays and women in the military, Allen West should have focussed on that part. That is what my point was about the Israeli army. They are an example of a highly organized and well-trained fighting force that has integrated women and gays without making their army any less effective.

BruceRW
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He never said he was against gays in the army. His point was training is a lot more important then sensitivity and group meeting talking about their feelings. So are saying the Israeli army is overflowing with gays. I know there are gays but aren’t you exaggerating just a bit. I believe the Village people said they were gay but posting a pic of them that they posed for is making fun of them.You want it both ways don’t you, So I guess you think you yourself think the pic is making fun of them. MMMM might make you a… Read more »
Benjamin Morgan
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“Our US military should not be based upon fairness, diversity, or inclusion.” Yes, I do want it both ways. I think that our military can be prepared to face down any threat AND be organized to include and promote fairness, diversity and inclusion. (like Israel) I guess you think that our military just can’t handle more than one type of training at a time. In your mind they can either be prepared OR they be a bunch of over-sensitive pansies.

BruceRW
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Don’t put words in my mouth. I never said over-sensitive pansies, you did though. And your saying you know that Israel cuts down training time and and devotes that to sensitivity training and discussing their feelings. Just curious but do gays in the Army have classes about having sensitivity to hetrosexuals? maybe they do but I have never heard of it. doesn’t it work both ways?

Benjamin Morgan
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The quote that I used was from the article that spawned all of these comments. I think it merits another posting. “Our US military should not be based upon fairness, diversity, or inclusion.” I disagree. I think that fairness, diversity and inclusion is exactly what our armed forces should be based upon. I do not think it is too much to ask or expect that ALL of our military treat each other with the utmost respect and dignity. Because of the fact that there has been a history of racism, sexism, and homophobia in our armed forces, I think that… Read more »
BruceRW
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OK whatever you say. You never answer my question or respond to what I say about anything, you just keep repeating the same thing over and over. For the last time I have nothing against gays in the armed forces but I do have feelings against special classes and meetings about feelings. So even though I am in the Army and have nothing against gays, women or anyone enlisting I HAVE to go to sensitivity training instead of combat training. Yeh that makes a lot of sense . You don’t have to answer me again please I can just go… Read more »
Benjamin Morgan
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I have not failed to answer a single question you asked. You might not like the answers you got, but that is a different matter. In fact, if you read back over our back and forth, you will notice that I have had to repeat several points because you seemed to ignore the answers that I had posted and continued to ask questions that made no sense at all. You also allowed yourself the ability to exaggerate to make points but held me to a different standard. Now you have decided that the conversation is over as if it was… Read more »
BruceRW
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Higher intelligence lol If you look back at my posts I only asked you 2 questions. one of which you didn’t answer and the other was chock full which is an intelligent answer. I addressed every point you made which were very few and just repeats of what you said in previous posts. I happen to be a veteran and definetly believe our returning troops and talking. And I also know we”re screwing the vets in there disability applications and there opportunity to get some help. While I love and use the VA I would rather the people who are… Read more »
Benjamin Morgan
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Look Bruce, I appreciate your service. There is no need to name call. Can you pinpoint where it is that we disagree? I hear you saying that there should be more training and less talking about feelings, right? All I have said and continue to say is that I think that both are necessary. I happen to agree with Mr. West on a great many things. I just do not care for the way his article came across. If it is true that the military has not trained for six months, that is a problem. Additionally, I do not see… Read more »
Martha Cortez
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You completely missed his point. He didn’t say anything negative about sexual preference.

Benjamin Morgan
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Did I? The post includes a picture of The Village People, a notoriously gay singing group. I think there is a way to get the point across without making fun of gay people.

Martha Cortez
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I also had no idea The Village People are pansies.

Benjamin Morgan
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Oh, so you are admitting that you are homophobic?

MotherBatherick
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Benjamin, or do they just call you BJ for short? Anyway, for a guy who uses a picture of himself in bed with his cat, your remarks are insensitive.

Benjamin Morgan
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I suggest before you start judging me by my picture you have the brass to actually show your face and real name. That being said, perhaps you would like to tell me how my remarks were insensitive.

Sbarry
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I was told once that there are no white Marines, black Marines, male Marines or female Marines. We were all GREEN Marines!

Deltarose
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The thing is, by the time we get any leaders with military experience, they all would have been reconditioned to the new way of thinking. I believe BO is weeding out real patriotic men (getting rid of all the top brass that don’t follow suit), and brainwashing any new recruits-and those already enlisted- with “sensitivity” training-of course, this sensitivity training doesn’t include sensitivity towards their own countrymen-they’re being trained to kill us!

Chris
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Come on Mr. West. I am with you on many topics, but this is a bit short sighted. You are right that preparedness is critical and our military needs to strike fear in the enemy, but being gay does not mean you are a pansy. A person’s sexual preference has absolutely no impact on their love of country, and there is no reason to think that it would impact their preparedness. If your personal feelings on the gay/LGBT community cause you to speak out, so be it. However, trying to veil your bigotry behind the guise of “military preparedness” is… Read more »
Martha Cortez
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Please tell me where Mr. West states gays are pansies.

Benjamin Morgan
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The photo of The Village People might be a clue…

Martha Cortez
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Someone’s playing dress up with our military. I think you missed that.

MotherBatherick
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Chris, cool your jets, don’t be such a hot head. LTC West brings up a good point in that preparedness should be our military’s priority, not sexual orientation.

Benjamin Morgan
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I agree about preparedness. Too bad he had to mention being gay at all because that has nothing to do with it. Look at the Israeli army.

Big D
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I know General Wright. I used to run with her in the mornings about 10 years ago, when I was a buck Sergeant. Back then, I didn’t care much about politics, so I really didn’t bother with the politics of the Army. I was there to kick in doors and shoot our enemies in the face. As time went on, I learned that politics is BIG in the Army, and (then) BG Wright was a rising star…first Female Maneuver Brigade Commander in the Army (even if it was PAARNG) and soon to be the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, appointed by… Read more »
Grog61856
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Yeah right, “Buck” Sergeant. What in the hell is a “buck” sergeant anyway???

Kent Horton
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“Buck Sergeant” is military slang for a “three-striper” sergeant. If you had served, you would know that.

Clark Beermann
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A Buck Sgt was an E4 Sgt until in 1958 they changed it to Corp E4 and made Sgt E5 .You must be a boot ?? It wasn’t an official rank,but that’s what they where called.1960-64.

America At Large
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I gave up being a SGM to get away from the politics of the military back in 1984. Sad to see it is getting worse now. We have the best troops our country has ever produced and the administration is dooming us to a new low from the first four years.

MotherBatherick
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Chris aka Benjamin Morgan aka Guy in Bed With His Cat; since you post comments as two different people, you might want to seek help. And quickly.

Big D
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Uhhh… Moth er Bat Ricky Ricardo…I have no idea what you are talking about. If you’re on Troll patrol, you need to recalibrate your sensors. If you are a Troll yourself, step off my cheeze whiz. I don’t hang around in Allen West chatrooms, so Big D was the name I chose because I chose to post “as a guest”, because I have personal knowledge of the person discussed in the article, and while I didn’t have a problem with her 10 years ago, I discovered later that she was a frothing prog. I don’t even think you read my… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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“Big D”…does that stand for the Biggest Dummy on here? Glad you decided to fade out Big D so no one can see that your other user name on here was Chris…which has also been closed/faded out but…the other one…the Benjamin Morgan is still the bold one…either way, glad you have some pride and came out!

Benjamin Morgan
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Mother,
You have really been thinking about me a lot. I am afraid I am taken. Sorry. Smooches! 😉

Jeff Diamond
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I served with gay men. They were not pansies. I trusted them with my life, as they trusted me with theirs. LIkewise however, being gay didn’t add anything to their performance either. So, the claim that diversity equates preparedness is false; and is further proof that progressives, much like freshmen, should just shut up.

Gillettestevens
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Thank you!

MotherBatherick
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“Pentagon says diversity and inclusion critical to mission success”
-perhaps to obama’s agenda it is.

BrownSugarC
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As one of the first females in the AUS, many women and ethnic minorities were summarily dismissed. Once given a chance, they had a chance to shine or get put out. While we have indeed had some great leaders in “those” catagories including General Anne Dunnwoody and combat pilot Tammy Duckworth, General Colin Powell freely shares that he came through the ranks because of Affirmative Action. I would say the nation won in that case and I am sure many others.

Dana F. Davis
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I’m not sure what your point is. There have always been lesbians in the military – always. And since sexuality in general is considered to be an “off-duty” enterprise capable of creating schism and division that effects on-duty capability, the military demands discretion. I don’t see any significant difference.

BrownSugarC
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Ok. But I still admire General Powell for admitting how he got to be the Chief of Staff. And yes, I do know that were individuals who lived an alternative lifestyle when I was on active duty in the mid 70’s. I cautioned my troops not discuss those relationships around me given my rank and responsibility to enforce Army Relations of that day.

Dana F. Davis
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Everyone knows that Colin Powell advanced through the ranks due in part to affirmative action. That does not make him a less intelligent or less qualified individual, but I would be very hesitant to say this is true of all cases. I suspect you and I served in differing armies. Because on a practical basis, openly Gay is no more conducive to readiness than openly hetero is. And the idea that members of our current military are now undergoing sensitivity training, rather than “kill” training, is insane. This is not an Army that I would volunteer for.

BrownSugarC
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Did you hear what you said??????????? No dear, I was a pioneer. One of the first females to supervise male soldiers in the Army. I was assigned to a combat unit right out of Officer Basic and was the first female officer in the separate Brigade. A female enlisted woman won the Corps soldier of the year from our unit the first 365 days our unit was activated. I got no breaks. In fact a lot of push backs. I shot expert with an M-16 and taught some combat tatics to soldiers in my Reserve Unit when I came home.… Read more »
Guest
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Did you hear what you said??????????? No dear, I was a pioneer. One of the first females to supervise mail soldiers in the Army. I was assigned to a combat unit right out of Officer Basic and was the first female officer in the separate Brigade. A female enlisted woman won the Corps soldier of the year from our unit the first 365 days our unit was activated. I got no breaks. In fact a lot of push backs. I shot expert with an M-16 and taught some combat tatics to soldiers in my Reserve Unit when I came home.… Read more »
Dana F. Davis
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Well first I would commend you for whatever achievements… but to the best of my knowledge neither the marines nor the army have fully integrated women. I have mixed feelings on this, primarily because I know months of deprivation in the field can be physically and emotionally devastating. I just don’t believe we are “equal” creatures in this regard. On the other hand the wars we fight today do not demand the field time that those of our predecessors did, so I don’t know. I do know that to be successful we must work to diminish the male ego in… Read more »
Ray
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Diminish the male ego in America?

Mahakala
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Obama and his ilk are a Clear and Present Danger

William Smith
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Pathetic!!

Luis Jimenez
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I remember when soldiers get discharged from the military
due to an inability to adjust to the social, mental and physical demands of military life.

American At Large
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Either a 208 in the old days or a Chapter 13 later.

annarondac
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I also remember a time when it was derogatory to use food stamps.

Drawer22
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@annarondac – For some like myself, who believe in working for what we get, seeing a Food Stamp recipient buy steak, lobster and the finest ice cream seems wrong somehow. Just why am I paying for some loafer to get what I can’t afford? I’m sure you can ‘splain just how that’s philosophically right!

De Oppresso Liber

Grog61856
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And your point is????

MotherBatherick
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Use to be that people who truly needed help had too much pride to ask for help, much less apply for food stamps. Now we’ve got a president giving out food stamps as if it’s a right to receive them, instead of creating jobs and encouraging people to work harder at bettering themselves and their situation.
Diversity and inclusion is critical to the Food Stamps President.

annarondac
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Thank you MotherBatherick. I thought my post was quite obvious. This also reminds me of another long ago train of thought. Charity was forthcoming from private people, churches and such organizations. People were helped who truly needed it and such help was received thankfully. Most people were not considered victims and pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and got better, did well. I grew up with “I am the only person who can make my life better”, and I did. Now I can help others, which I do. This is what America means to me.
Drawer22
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@annarondac – That’s fine by me, as long as you fund the loafers and don’t require me to do so.

De Oppresso Liber

Gary
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I was in the Marines when the draft ended. My friends and I just looked at each other and shook our heads. I will NEVER believe that it is better to rely on a citizen/reserve army to send to war that trains every other weekend and two weeks out of the year unless called up. A REAL military trains every day, no matter what branch is involved. The entire mindset of a standing military goes so much further to complete the necessary mission.

BrownSugarC
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I was on active duty in the 70’s during the downsizing and in the Reserves when we got a war time mission. Civilians decided that we had too many military assets. Active duty personnel made a decision on how to deploy to two war fronts. Congress holds this responsibility. Since so few of them have served or have family members who have CHOSEN to serve, this is where we find ourselves. We just had a combat Vet shut go crazy yesterday and scared the crap out of several hundred families when he went after his girlfriend who was in a… Read more »
Jeff Myers
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this is what happens when the intellectually challanged, who masquerade as adults, are put in charge. We need to put the real adults back in control!

Pat Nash
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I understand this is spiritual warfare. For grown men to embrace this foolishness and the topic is war, is a battle in nonsense to me.

BrownSugarC
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Tell that to General Anne Dunwoody and combat pilot Tammy Duckworth.

Patricia Anders
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bet his ‘private army’ (AKA a civilian national security force) IS “a trained and ready force needed to be proficient in its war fighting tasks in order to fight and win.” any takers?

TTD
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I hope his ‘MIB’ is fully diversified. Demand diversity in obama special security force!

Cade
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I remember when blacks were not allowed to fight with whites or live in the same barracks with whites…are you saying those white soldiers were the best warriors we ever had?

Kent Horton
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How old are you, Cade? That hasn’t been the case since Truman integrated the military by Executive Order 9981, July 26, 1948.

labman57
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It’s unbelievable that West cannot see the historical irony in his remarks.

Face Punch
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Well when your president is a bisexual this is what we get .. a army of fags in charge instead on men

Ubwart
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I am so happy my time in the army ended more than 25 years ago. I would make a terrible soldier in todays fag friendly army.

MotherBatherick
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obama, emanuel, reid, frank; Les Boys Do Cabaret Kabuki Dance.

Isabella1709
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Oh BS Allen! General Casey said what the direction of the Army is under Obama. He knew exactly what he was saying and would do anything Obama wanted to keep his prestigious job. I wrote him at the time and told him he would rot in hell for his words.

Steve Gregg
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That’s how we won WWII. Diversity officers stormed the beaches at Normandy and disbanded the German units that were all Aryan. They never knew what hit ’em. If we hadn’t dropped the atom bomb on Japan, we planned a mass parachute drop of diversity officers on Tokyo that would disabled all the pure Japanese units. They never had a chance.

Craig Manke
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The LGBT agenda has gotten so out of hand, you would think that they were the only people on this earth that mattered. The U.S Military are fools to allow this kind of tolerance and immoral acceptance in the ranks of our young men and women. These individuals are not supported by most of the heterosexual members of the military regardless what anyone from the Obama Administrations may say, and the Pentagon for that matter. The American people are naïve to think LGBT community in the military will not bring harassment, sexual harassment on both sides, assault, sexual assault on… Read more »
Dana F. Davis
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What’s even more interesting is that it is not likely to INCREASE the current number of homosexuals under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” All of this “inclusion,” essentially for naught.

duchunter
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Youre very incorrect about CO2. Had nothing to do with feelings.

Raymond Greenway
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The feelings that I would love to know is how would General George S. Patton Jr would feel with these policies. Then watch him in action correcting it.

Ubwart
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Good god Patton and any of the other MEN would lead a revolt against these sods, both the commie in the white house and against his yes men.

Raymond Greenway
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That’s why I wrote that the manure would fly. Patton would not have been so kind in the word “sods”. and yes there would have been a house cleaning in the Puzzle Palace. Unfortunately for us there has not been a class like the class of 1915 which was the class that the stars fell on. We need these men very much and this retired NCO would follow them mind, body, heart.

Drawer22
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Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) being practiced in Special Operations Forces should be a real winner! Does this mean that Special Forces, Delta Force, SEALs and other such units will be lowering their standards of measured physical fitness (inclusive of upper body strength) so that a mile run can be accomplished by walking a few yards each day? Or that chin-ups are optional? That pushups will be replaced by timed, stroke-your-partner exercises (which are so mission-critical for homosexually-diversified fighters)? Just who do we plan on winning an armed conflict with? Will kiddie-porn be a required class so that pedophiles can gain… Read more »
AlRetd
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Must be the New BO Military they fight with their sex organs, glad I served in the old military where you did your best.

Retired Marine
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Oh how the enemy will run when oqueers military attacks from pink tanks driven by girlie men in pink cammo with water pistols filled with perfume, and jets flying over with pink contrails dropping purses. How fierce diversity will make us. Damn the day the first fruitcake got in the military, and damn the day the first fruitcake muslim got in the white house. And we sit and watch the destruction of this nation because we can’t find a way to join together and fight this monstrosity. Come on Allen West, lead, we will follow.
Semper Fi