April 30, 2017

The Degradation of the U.S. Military

*Editor’s Note* – Below is an opinion piece written by a guest writer. Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of this editor.

The Degradation of the U.S. Military

The powers to be are forcing the military to become politically correct. Along with that, a war on rugged individualism has been waged and that, unfortunately, is what fighting forces want for leaders; not because they have to, but because they respect true leaders. The people we are sending into combat are some of the brightest that have ever put on a uniform, but they are looking for a little sanity. You cannot ask people to live for months or years at a time acting like nuns and priests. Who are we afraid of offending? The people that already hate us enough to strap C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd or the kind of savage sick individual that hacks off a head with a knife. Think about it.

We are all proud of our young men and women who serve. I am also in tune with what they are considering for the future and I have headline news for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and our so-called senior military leaders. Much talent has and will continue to hemorrhage from our services, because our service members are tired of fighting on two fronts – one with our enemies, the other with the lack of sensible direction from this Administration.

Since the current president has been in the White House, high-ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at an unprecedented rate. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired flag officers are now publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the US military they believe is taking place. This purge has also been implemented in the senior enlisted ranks, and my friend these are the individuals who lead the troops in a most personal way. What is going on is absolutely insane. There is an ongoing deliberate attempt to reshape the military, and remove those who do not adhere to proper “viewpoints”. Those who question or will not cooperate are identified and gotten rid of. Throughout world history, whatever comes after a military purge is never a good thing. If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years? Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. If so, just consider several quotes from some highly decorated retired officers:

– Retired Major General Patrick Brady (Medal of Honor): “There is no doubt Obama is intent on emasculating the military, and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”

-Retired Lt. General William G. ‘Jerry’ Boykin: “Over the past three years, the number of four- star flag officers to be relieved of duty, and not relieved for cause, has been unprecedented.”

-Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: “More than 137 Navy Captains have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make flag rank, because of their failure to comply to certain views.”

A high Pentagon official who has asked to remain nameless has stated: “Even young officers down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They’re purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, keep your mouth shut.” This trend appears to be accelerating.

The White House is intentionally weakening and gutting our military, and reducing the United States as a superpower. Anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being identified and forced out.  

Coincidence? Every dictatorial regime has done this as soon as they gained power.

David Miller

Lexington TWP, Maine

Concerns of a Veteran

By Dave Miller

By my count I have submitted over 250 articles on Veteran’s Affairs and Benefits to the Irregular over the past few years. I hope they have been of some benefit. I have come to the point where I feel I am only spreading the garbage coming out of Washington. I feel this is a disservice to you the readers and especially the veterans. I am cutting way back on articles submitted because of this.

I have as of late been gotten totally disgusted by the ongoing barrage of broken promises, feel good legislation that our own elected officials support to gain votes from veterans and their loved ones, and the refusal of those same politicians to stand up for “what is right” against their own party lines.

Classic examples include: A recent Supreme Court’s ruling that in turn affects the resolution of Camp Lejeune’s polluted water that damaged the health of tens of thousands of military, their dependents, and civilian work force. The attempts to “civilianize” the military retirement system by panels and commissions of civilians, while military service is totally unlike any civilian occupation. The current disruption and attempts to screw up a good health system that active duty and retired military had with the various TRICARE programs. The fighting at the federal level to not properly care for veterans cemeteries’ such as the Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines where there are American’s buried alongside of the thousands of veterans from that country “who had honorably served in our military”. The lack of our government to regulate entry through our southern boarders and enforce existing laws. The disregard of our Constitution, Rule of Law, and Division of Powers by this administration and its appointee’s. The outright lies and coercion by government official’s during investigations. The illegal activities by our own Justice Department among others. The “lack of enforcement” of government controls and restrictions by our elected officials in the Congress and Senate in accordance with the Constitution. The disregard of the Bill of Rights by our courts and government officials.

The shame and dishonor placed on the American people by this administrations handling or lack of handling of international incidents. Our State Department is a joke to the world. Our allies look on us with distrust and for darn good reason. Our once brightly burning torch of Freedom to the world is rapidly getting dim.

Be assured that current and future Sequestration Cuts to our military have weakened us to the point we can no longer help safe guard our allies and we are rapidly going down a slippery slope to where we will be unable to protect ourselves in this most dangerous of worlds. Like it or not beating swords into plows only creates slaves. History does repeat itself.

Respectfully,
David Miller