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This is NOT an “April Fools’ Joke”

Though, you’d think it would be.

Someone at the Army has a lot of explaining to do.

Political correctness crosses a line when it no longer conveys stupidity but pathetic weakness to our enemies.

Last Friday, the U.S. Army formally decided not to award Purple Heart medals to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, which claimed 13 lives and wounded 32 people. The Army preposterously claims that handing out medals would damage Major Nidal Hasan’s “ability to receive a fair trial.”

The Army issued a “position paper” in which it expressed concern that awarding the medal to the shooting victims “would set the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist.” This is because the Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been “wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States.”

But Hasan clearly was a terrorist. A Muslim, he consulted with a radical overseas imam and shouted “Allahu Akbar” before beginning his deadly rampage. The FBI and Congress have found his carnage to be an act of terrorism, while the Obama administration insists it was an incident of “workplace violence.”

Hasan faces the death penalty if he is convicted by a military jury on 13 specifications of premeditated murder. His court martial is set to begin in July.

Neal Sher, a New York lawyer who represents the Fort Hood victims, called the Army’s findings “rubbish.” “These victims have been given the back of the hand by their government,” he claimed. I’ll go further. In its absurd ruling the Obama administration has given them a kick in the gut.

So political correctness has taken precedence over the actual events of 2009.  That’s so idiotic that there’s almost a level of brilliance to it.

It will be interesting to know if the Army is denying “Black Hearts,” the traditional medal for those killed in action during the assault on Fort Hood by Hasan.  Naturally, given my connection to one of the victims (I went to high school with one of the fallen), I’ll keep myself informed on the latest.

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Democrat Chuck Rangel: “Hey, Let’s Draft Women!”

What was the MoveOn.org meme from 2004-2007 again?  That Bush was going to bring back the draft or something like that.

It got so bad and so ill-informed that among 18-29 year olds in 2004, a majority seriously believed it was going to happen.

Of course back then, the only ones really pushing for a re-introduction of the Draft were Democrats.  Most of them using it as an anti-war tactic to turn public opinion against any future war (like they did in Vietnam) or to just confuse the general public.

Then there’s Congressional representatives like New York Democrat Charlie Rangel who say there isn’t enough “sacrifice” being done in America and the only way to remedy that is forced military conscription, not so that young people can learn things like honor, discipline, duty and selflessness.  No, Rangel’s idea is all about his belief that the military is full of dumb, ignorant minorities (It is not) who the country feeds into an all-killing war machine.

So he’ back with his idea.  The only change to it this time:  Include women.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time.

Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.

“Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts,” Rangel said in a statement. “Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm’s way.”

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order rescinding the ban on women serving in combat units last month, potentially opening up as many as 237,000 positions to female service members.

The move raised a number of policy issues, including whether women will now be required to register with the Selective Service. The Pentagon is required to report on how changing the ban effects the constitutionality of the registration being males only.

In an interview on MSNBC, Rangel said the draft should be reinstated because the majority of Americans make “no real sacrifice” when the country goes to war.

“The Congress never gets a chance to vote up and down on these war questions. Every president just puts our kids in harm’s way and we just foot the bill, but there’s no real sacrifice in what’s going on. Less than 1 percent of American families are involved in the military and they really pay the price for it,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Military conscription has been proven not to work and many even in the Pentagon at the moment doesn’t want.  Studies have shown that you tend to get more accomplished by those who want to be there, not by those who are forced to be there against their wills.  A draft would create the latter situation.

Perhaps someday the military will indeed see the need for another draft, but at the moment, the world is a long ways away from any type of World War II scenario where millions of brave, young adults are needed to save the world once again.

Rangel doesn’t want to bring back the draft to help the American military.  He wants to bring back the draft to have the military destroyed from within by recruits who never wanted to serve in the first place.

By the way, can someone explain to me how Rangel’s still in Congress and not spending the rest of his days in an orange jumpsuit for his numerous ethics and criminal violations?

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Marines Introduce Their Latest Mascot: “Chesty the Recruit”

“Chesty” is like Uga of the University of Georgia, a bulldog.  And since he’s a dog, he will have to be replaced from time to time with younger — sometimes cuter — versions of himself.

The Chesty will the 14th “Chesty” the United States Marines Corps has used for mascot purposes.  He is kept in Washington, DC and often in the personal care of a battalion at Marine Barracks — Washington, the famous ones near the Naval Yards at the corner of 8th and Eye SE.

The Marines rolled out the red carpet for 9-week old Chesty the Recruit Thursday night at the Home of the Commandants at the Washington, D.C., Marine Barracks. Bonnie Amos, the wife of Marine Corps Commandant James Amos, met the latest Chesty Thursday night.

“My gosh this is the cutest puppy … I think this one will be fine as wine,” Mrs. Amos said in an interview Friday. “He has a great little personality.”

The Marine Corps first announced the arrival of Chesty the Recruit on Facebook and put out a release. After a period of between six and eight weeks of “boot camp,” Chesty the Recruit may have a chance to appear alongside Sgt. Chesty during the Summer time Friday Evening Parades at the Marine Barracks in Washington.

At the end of the parade season, the Marines plan to officially hand over the mascot duties to the new Chesty. (All Marine mascots are named after Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller, the most decorated officer in Marine Corps history.)

“Sgt. Chesty,” officially known as “Chesty the XIII,” is the first of the Chesty’s to be promoted from “Private First Class Chesty” to full sergeant.

Apparently the word is it was a field promotion caused by winning “a growl-off” with out-going SecDef Leon Panetta’s golden retriever “Bravo” last August.  Chesty, who’s normally pretty calm because he’s a standard photo-op for small children attending the Friday Evening Parades, apparently decided he was going to be “Top Dog” when Panetta brought Bravo along for a visit to the Barracks.

Just two weeks before his promotion, the Marine Corps mascot, an English bulldog formally known as Chesty XIII, had a run-in with Bravo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s golden retriever. Chesty, usually known for happily mugging for photos with kids, revealed his inner grunt when he spotted the larger dog at the conclusion of a pomp-filled military parade held in honor of the Pentagon chief. Chesty growled, barked and ignored his choke-chain of command as he went nose-to-nose with Bravo.

As Chesty’s growl erupted into an angry bark, an officer urgently whispered in the ear of his handler, Sgt. Chris Harris: “Keep the leash tight.”

That kind of breach of decorum at the headquarters barracks, where the top generals and their wives reside, could have been career-ending for most Marines.

Chesty weathered the controversy and came out of it with a new stripe on his uniform.

Word on the barracks was that most of the senior officers wives opposed the promotion for Chesty XIII.

No word yet if White House dog “Bo” visits the Barracks with Pres. Obama.  (He didn’t when the President attended the same Evening Parade I did in 2009.)

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As I said on the air with Joy Cardin on Friday, “I’ve seen better organized train wrecks.”


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Obama Administration Closes Office in Charge of Closing Gitmo


The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.

The announcement that no senior official in President Obama’s second term will succeed Mr. Fried in working primarily on diplomatic issues pertaining to repatriating or resettling detainees appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that it still intends to do so.

Mr. Fried will become the department’s coordinator for sanctions policy and will work on issues including Iran and Syria.

The announcement came as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other Guantánamo Bay detainees facing death penalty charges before a military tribunal over the Sept. 11 attacks made their first public appearance since October on Monday, sitting quietly in a high-security courtroom at the naval base in Cuba as pretrial hearings resumed. A closed-circuit feed of the proceedings was shown at Fort Meade.

When asked about the office closing at yesterday’s White House briefing, spokes-hack Jay Carney said that President Obama ‘remains committed’ to closing Gitmo by the end of his term.  Funny, he said that four years ago too.

(Wonder if the Left has gotten in on the joke that he’s likely never going to yet?)

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