Sunday, April 30, 2017

An open letter from US Defense Watch (for you Vets out there)

Dear General Mattis,

I know you’ve been busy sir. Across the globe, our enemies are stacking up against us. The Pentagon is the virtual three-alarm fire brigade, attempting to put out every conflagration caused by the Obama administration’s disastrous national security policies.

Eight years of worthless, feckless US leadership and budget cuts have severely weakened the US armed forces.

While in our history, the US military has been gutted by Congress, then rebuilt, to fight another day, the military has never been a vast social experiment as it is now.

This is something that apparently you have not focused on yet. Perhaps, you have been too occupied, or most distressingly, you have decided that you will step away from this vicious third rail in the US military; the social engineering and political correctness that is eating the military alive like a mutating tropical virus.

Americans who have never served have no conception of what the social experiment has done and is doing to our military. Sadly, the young people in the military right now; mainly believe everything is A-Okay, because like children in a dysfunctional family they don’t know any difference.

But, vets who served before the cultural Marxists and the militant feminists took control understand. We know perfectly well that diversity and gender neutrality are not combat multipliers. We understand what the military is capable of doing when it focuses on its mission; to defend the country if called upon and to destroy our enemies on sea, land and in the air as violently and as swiftly as possible.

That is the sole purpose of the military. It is not a day care center, a lactation station, a LGBT rights forum, a check your white privilege foundation, a transgender club; nor is it an organization whose sole purpose is to shame male soldiers into wearing red high heels and pregnancy simulators, while fudging standards to graduate a trio of well-fed women from Ranger School, including one 37-year-old mommy.

Perhaps you should investigate sir, how these women looked like they added their ‘Freshman 15’ at Ranger School, and were in dire need of an emergency phone call to order Marie Osmond’s Nutrisystem. Perhaps you should compare them to six decades of male grads who crawled out of Benning looking like Holocaust survivors.

Talk about a Bridge too Far…

Sometime in the last eight years, the wheels completely came off the military.

ROTC male cadets were ordered to parade around our nation’s campuses in red high heels to show empathy for rape victims; male soldiers were instructed to conduct PT in pregnancy simulators; the Marines were forced to endure some kind of Soviet-style gender unconscious bias training, to brainwash young men into believing women were as strong as they were; there was a new lexicon of gender-neutral military terms, soldiers took online classes that informed them the Bible and the Constitution were now sexist documents; there was the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell and the celebration of open homosexuality in the ranks, the embracing of the transgender mentally ill and gender reassignment surgery paid for by the tax payers; lactation memos and instructions for the proper storage of breast milk in the field; sensitivity training in combat zones, babies born on US ships of war and the firing of a two-star general and a decorated combat pilot all because he told a junior officer he was ‘drunker than 10,000 Indians.’

And, there’s the biggest piece of lunacy ever signed by a cabinet member and the death knell to our national security, Ash Carter’s authorization last year to allow America’s women to serve in the combat arms and special operations units.

Sir, in 2014 you stated unequivocally that “The problem is that in the atavistic primate world” of close-quarters combat, “the idea of putting women in there is not setting them up for success.”

And you said whether women soldiers could meet physical requirements is “not the point.”
You also said, “commanders must consider what makes us most combat effective when you jump into that room and you’re doing what we call intimate killing. It would only be someone who never crossed the line of departure into close encounters fighting that would ever even promote such an idea as putting women into close combat.”

Strangely, you reversed course on this topic during your confirmation hearings in January. You told Senator Claire McCaskill and Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand, two women who have never served and who wouldn’t know an AK-47 from a Tiger tank, that you would not reverse Ash Carter’s authorization.

The left rejoiced! So did our enemies sir.

If Mad Dog Mattis won’t stop the social engineering and the PC music, who will?

The late Colonel David Hackworth, a polarizing figure, loved by the troops and hated by the Pentagon, a man whose combat experience and rows of fruit salad made anyone take notice, warned about all of this twenty years ago. Hack was ridiculed, and above all, Hack was right. He had seen war in Korea and Vietnam and his endless travels to military bases up to his death in 2005 convinced him that the PC monster was marauding through the military at top speed.

Elaine Donnelly, Director of the Center for Military Readiness has been warning about the problems of women serving in combat for years.

As you know sir, the Marines conducted a $34 million study in 2015 that concluded in very precise detail how and why individual male Marines performed more swiftly and efficiently than individual female Marines in simulated combat tasks. The study also indicated quite clearly that all male units performed better than coed and all female units in simulated combat tasks. While the male Marines chosen were only in average physical condition, the females were some of the best athletes in the Marine Corps.

To a society functioning normally, the government wouldn’t have to spend $34 million to explain what the human race has known since our ancestors rose up on two feet in Africa. Women do not have the upper body strength of men, the physical endurance and aerobic lung capacity to serve in the combat arms and especially in the combat arms on prolonged combat operations.

This study, like all common sense was thrown out the window and into the Pentagon dumpster by Ash Carter and Ray Mabus.

Apparently, the study is still in the dumpster.

Some say allow women in the combat arms, but maintain the standards. As you know sir, the standards are never maintained. They can’t be because women aren’t physically the same as men.

Sadly, as we bask in our bountiful, beautiful sensitivity in the new military, our enemies fight and prepare to fight wars the old way, with the roughest, toughest sons of bitches they can find and suit up for battle.

Reality says quite clearly that Jane at five feet two and 100 pounds is going to die very quickly in a slugfest with Ivan standing at six three and weighing in at 220.

Reality says that Jane is not capable of carrying a 140 pounds of ruck, ammo, water and weapons into battle as efficiently as Mohammed can, if Jane is capable of carrying it at all.

Reality says Jane can’t lift and carry a 98 pound, 155mm artillery round.

Reality says that the Hollywood fantasy of the emaciated super model on an all-night commando raid, is just that, a gigantic Pinocchio that has been shoved down the throats of the American people all for the sake of diversity and the craziness known as third wave feminism.

Nine out of ten women in the military have no desire to be within 1000 miles of the combat arms, so why are we hurting women and endangering the nation to placate the fantasies of feminists?

There are hundreds of different military jobs open for women to serve honorably and to climb the career ladder without weakening our force.

A coed combat arms unit is tantamount to bringing a knife to a gunfight.

This year a baby was born on a US ship of war. The crew seemed more concerned about flying in baby food and diapers than about performing their mission on the high seas. This is the height of insanity and the harbinger of future disaster that only fools would believe is workable and normal.

Why are women serving on US ships of war with men? The US Navy has become nothing more than a floating high school.

Sir, people are looking for you to stick the dagger in the heart of the social engineering that has turned the greatest military force on God’s green earth into a Bob Fosse musical with weapons.

When does the Fubar Express stop? Will it be when the bodies of young Americans start showing up in body bags on the 6 O’ Clock news; American kids who died because the combat arms unit they were in was deliberately weakened?

How far does equal opportunity go before it turns into national suicide?

There is no equal opportunity or gender neutrality on a battlefield. In war, the strong survive and the weak and poorly trained are ground to ashes and scattered to the winds.

Sir, what are you planning on telling the parents of American men and women who come home in flag-draped coffins; that, no one in the Pentagon would stop this insanity?

Sooner or later someone is going to have to put national security above political correctness. You, sir, have the power right now to repeal the authorization to allow women in the combat arms and special operations forces.

If nothing is done, the US military is heading for a disaster that is going to be biblical. Next time we’re going to be going up against the Russians, the Chinese or the North Koreans. As brutal as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been, the US military has not fought a foe that has ground, air and sea capabilities since 1953.

All the technology in the world can’t erase the need for combat arms units to seize and hold ground. In war, speed and lethality win the day. Coed combat units lack swiftness, cohesion and the efficiency to put cold steel down range faster and more accurately than the bad guys.

Currently, the forces needed to accomplish that mission are weak, and in the case of the Army’s armor community, practically non-existent.  We have a US Army of Lawrence of Arabia wannabes, obsessed with fighting Middle Eastern insurgencies, who are going to be facing the Third Shock Army with M-16’s and a homophobia power point presentation.

Why are we deliberately handicapping ourselves? It’s the height of folly, the pinnacle of lunacy;  the peak of delusion that allows us to commit national suicide to placate cliques of feminists and LGBT flag bearers in the Pentagon, idiots in Congress and a nation of whining snowflakes.

You were the military’s last hope. I guess now, we have to standby. But, if you do nothing, no doubt, the day of reckoning will arrive, soaked in the blood of American service personnel.

Meanwhile, Task Force Smith II is headed to the sound of the guns.

To quote that immortal sage of wisdom, Harry Callahan, “It’s a hell of price to pay for being stylish.”


Ray Starmann

Editor in Chief, US Defense Watch

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