Good Monday morning and I pray everyone enjoyed a very blessed Passover and Easter — Happy Resurrection Day. On Saturday night I had the pleasure and honor of attending my very first Passover Seder at the home of our dear friends, Beverly and David Strauss of Boca Raton. We enjoyed a traditional Passover Seder with the complete readings. The final words are very poignant for these times, “Next year in Jerusalem” — we pray so.
So now it’s back to business and the story I am about to share with you is just disconcerting to say the least.
As reported by the UK Telegraph, “Chelsea Manning (I am sorry, former Army PFC Bradley Manning), the U.S. soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks, started posting on Twitter on Friday, with help from supporters.”
“Within minutes of her first tweets, Ms Manning had recruited more than 5,000 followers under the handle @xychelsea. In her initial tweets, Ms Manning acknowledged she had no Internet access behind bars and that she was dictating comments to a communications company by telephone. Ms Manning already writes occasional commentaries for The Guardian newspaper’s American edition, offering her take on U.S. foreign policy.”
“The former army intelligence analyst was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing over more than 700,000 classified documents, including military intelligence reports and State Department cables, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.”
First of all, it is rather disturbing to read this article referring to Manning as “Ms.” but the article explained why. “On Ms Manning’s request, judges have ordered the military to address her in gender-neutral or feminine terms in court documents as she completes her transition to life as a woman.”
And just recently the U.S. Army has approved hormone therapy for Manning’s gender “reassignment.”
Now, let me figure this one out, we have our young men and women — and their families — struggling to make ends meet and the Army is about to expend taxpayer dollars for hormone treatments for a Soldier convicted of espionage?
Our Army is nearing its lowest levels of personnel since 1939 and we’re taking orders from a judge as to how its soldiers are to be addressed?
I suppose what concerns me the most is whether Army 1LT Clint Lorance is being allowed to dictate tweets from behind the bars of Ft. Leavenworth. Yes, does anyone remember LT Lorance from Texas who is serving a 20-year sentence for killing the enemy in Afghanistan?
Or how about the case of U.S. Army Special Forces Major Matthew Golsteyn, about whom we reported here, who was stripped of his Special Forces tab and his Silver Star with Valor award revoked and his recommendation for the Distinguished Service Cross trashed by the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh?
I can only ask a simple question: what is happening in the U.S. Army?
I’m glad to know official charges were FINALLY brought forth against Bowe Bergdahl — but how long will it be before the Article 32 hearing and Courts-martial are begun? I can tell you simply, it should not take more than one month to get this rolling — and remember, Bergdahl isn’t being subjected to pre-trial confinement. Of course there’s the blather coming from the Bergdahl leftist progressive excusers saying he has suffered enough – but that was the consequence of his own decision. And consider the suffering of those six soldiers who lost their lives searching for a deserter.
Has our U.S. military now become nothing more than a playground for the antics of social egalitarians and counter-culture lobbying? It’s not the mission of the U.S. Military to support personal lifestyle choices.
As a matter of fact, the military should not succumb to the whims of the individual because it is in the business of molding the individual into being an integral part of a cohesive unit.
When we allow the special interest influences of groups embarking upon what they term the “social good” or “social justice” you end up having a military less focused on readiness and more focused “gender reassignment.” I can hear those detractors trying to equate this to the integration of blacks — sorry, I am as God made me, and would never ask the Army to have given me a “racial reassignment” treatment.
From Crispus Attucks to the 54th Massachusetts to the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments to the 369th Infantry “Hell Fighters of Harlem” to the Tuskegee Airmen to the Montford Point Marines to the 555th “Triple Nickel” Airborne Regiment — these men set the conditions for men and women such as myself to serve with honor and distinction — sorry Susan Rice. They did not ask for special treatments or consideration. They just asked to serve and prove their steadfast loyalty to fight for liberty and freedom that they hoped one day would be theirs. How have we devolved into this belief that the individual is more important that the unit?
This case of Army soldier Bradley Manning — no judge is going to make me refer to him any differently — serves as another sad reminder of where the priorities are for the Obama administration when it comes to our U.S. military.