Well, I hate to say I told ya so, but…If you’ve been listening to the lunatics of the progressive socialist left, they’ve indeed became completely unhinged.
Based on Nancy Pelosi’s statement on the departure of Steve Bannon, there are white supremacists all over the White House. And ol’ Rep. Maxine “Mad Max” Waters actually accused Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson of being a white supremacist. Yet, nothing about Islamic supremacists — or how about the one beloved white supremacist and racist of the progressive socialist left, Margaret Sanger?
I mean the founder of Planned Parenthood is well known as a white supremacist and racist. Yet try to defund Planned Parenthood; the liberal progressive leftists go apoplectic. And I’ve already made my point about deceased Senator Robert Byrd, hailed by many Democrats as their mentor. This is why I hear Pelosi, Waters, and all the other sick, demented, and delusional minds of the left and dismiss them as being a very special kind of stupid, and useful idiots.
This past week I was in Jackson, Mississippi sharing with the Christian ministry known as Roaring Lambs. They are having their own intense discussion in the Magnolia state about their state flag. And so during the many media interviews I did, the question came up about the statue removal movement that has reared its ugly and violent head.
I made mention that the two largest military installations in the world are Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Ft. Hood, Texas, on both of which I served. Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood were Confederate generals; Hood was part of Lee’s army of Northern Virginia and led a division on day two at the Battle of Gettysburg. Both Bragg and Hood were graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. During the interview I asked, who gets to decide what is “acceptable” history, and are we going to start changing names of military installations…after all, Ft. Lee Virginia is named after General Robert E. Lee…another West Point graduate.
It didn’t take long before I got an answer.
As reported over at DefenseOne, “The tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., have re-opened the national debate over Confederate monuments and icons that stand in public spaces — and that includes the appropriateness of keeping ten U.S. Army installations named for Confederate officers.
The question of renaming the bases was also raised after 2015’s Charleston church massacre, and military leaders declined to do so. This time, there should be no equivocation. The Department of the Army must find alternatives to naming its installations after Confederate generals who took up arms against their nation and played significant roles in a rebellion that killed more Americans than the Second World War.
While understanding and memorializing the Civil War itself is integral to U.S. military history as well as the history of the Army and its institutions, the lionizing and mythologizing of these individuals as standard-bearers of Army heritage must come to an end.
The ten installations — Camp Beauregard, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort A.P. Hill, Va.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Pickett, Va.; Fort Polk, LA.; and Fort Rucker, Al. — were named for Confederate generals (plus Rucker, a colonel), including the military head of the armed rebellion (Lee) and the alleged head of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia (Gordon). Beauregard’s forces shelled Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, beginning the war that would claim over 600,000 American lives. In other words, not only did these individuals take up arms against the United States, they were instrumental in driving the rebellion, and some also worked to perpetuate the hatred that long outlasted the military conflict.”
Let me remind you of Rahm Emanuel’s famed maxim: “never let a good crisis go to waste.” I went to Airborne and Jumpmaster school at Ft. Benning. I served during my active duty career on Ft. Bragg and Ft. Hood. My deceased father-in-law, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, which was Robert E. Lee’s property, served at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. These were men, some of whom fought for this nation in the Mexican War. These installations weren’t just names a few years ago; they’ve been there for quite some time. And many a Soldier and others have walked or driven through those gates unconcerned about the name of the installation but thinking only of the honor of being an American Soldier.
As I’ve stated before, when I was stationed at Ft. Bragg or Ft. Hood I wasn’t pondering the installation namesake. I was proud to be a part of the warrior heritage of the units that occupied that ground. When I went running down Longstreet Road on Ft. Bragg my thoughts were more on surviving those hills, and being a studly Army paratrooper.
Now, I can just imagine the lunatic fringe of the left is going to target these ten installations and hold protests and such. They will try to pressure the U.S. Army leadership to do what for me is unthinkable, and would represent a complete cowering and surrender to the insanity of the left.
How about this lefties, when y’all start defunding and tearing down every Planned Parenthood building in the United States — many in the black communities — we can talk about Army installations. When y’all start removing all the recognitions of Senator Robert Byrd, then we can determine if we need to award someone an Army Commendation Medal for renaming ten Army installations. When y’all start recognizing the threats and dangers of Islamic supremacists, maybe we’ll listen to your insidious drivel.
The author of this article “is a military historian and an associate professor at Georgetown University. From 2014-16, he served at the Pentagon as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, he spent the first years of his U.S. Army enlistment at Ft. Bragg, N.C., but believes even that iconic name has to go.”
I find it interesting that the writer served in the Pentagon during the Obama years. I wonder how much he spoke out about social egalitarian policies promoted by Ash Carter and Ray Mabus? I wonder how he feels about Army PVT Bradley Manning being set free? I wonder what he said in those two years as he watched our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines be decimated by the Obama administration.
True Soldiers, warriors, have little care or concern over the ideological rantings and agenda of the progressive socialist left. What’s important to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines is what’s unimportant to the left: support and defend the Constitution of the United States and fighting our wars and winning them — equip, train, deploy, fight, win.
Changing the names of ten U.S. Army installations isn’t going to improve the acquisition and procurement process. It’s not going to restore our capability and capacity so we’re not running our equipment, our troops, and our families into the ground. Changing the names of ten U.S. Army installations would just serve to reward the lunacy of the progressive socialist left which has nothing else to do but take up quixotic causes and insanely go about chasing windmills.
Leave the names of these military installations alone, but ensure those who walk those grounds are the best trained and prepared Soldiers in the world. Make sure the family members left behind during their incessant and continuous deployments have the best quality of life and facilities we can provide. Instead of wasting money on a research project to determine new installation names, doggone pay them better.
God please help us, and make the crazy people go away — at least make them stop socially reengineering our United States military…my Army.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]