What he admittedly doesn’t know will hurt us all.
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Under Leon Panetta, the military has had a rough four years. Under Hagel, it will only get worse.
The White House touts Hagel as the military equivalent of a “man of the people,” a former enlisted man who understands and relates to the troops as only one of them could. But Hagel doesn’t know any more about the troops than any other anti-war liberal. It’s not something he can learn on the job. What will Hagel do for the warriors who see political correctness ending their combat effectiveness?
It’s tempting to say that the troops should just quit, leaving the battlefield to the girls and the gays. But they shouldn’t, and it won’t be Hagel who can convince them of their duty in the politicized Obama military.
It’s up to the veteran warriors, those who fought in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, to stay, to outlast Obama’s decimation of our combat forces and the attempted destruction of the military culture that is essential to winning future wars. It is they, officers and enlisted men alike, who have to stay to train the young people coming in, to impart to them the values that the veterans hold most dear.
I remember what my dad told me and my roommate on the day we were commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. Dad was a World War II mud Marine. He’d seen it all on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Iwo Jima. As graduation presents he gave each of us a Marine K-bar combat knife with this advice. “Right now, you two are highly-educated and motivated. But you’re two of the most useless people on earth. Find some guy with a lot of stripes on his sleeve and ask his advice every day. If you do what he suggests, every time he suggests it, you might survive and even do a good job.”
What do you tell a new brown bar if he can’t find that gunny or E-6 who’s been there and done that for twenty years? Chuck Hagel doesn’t know, and that’s why we need the veterans to stay. We can survive four years of Chuck Hagel if our warriors do their duty, staying on the job despite the chicken**** and the policies that would otherwise destroy the military culture by a thousand cuts.
It’s all up to you, gents. It’s your duty to stay and maintain the core force that can be restored when we need it. Your forbears did it between the World Wars, after Vietnam, and throughout our history. Now it’s your turn.
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