Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Revolt of the Generals

Today’s The Washington Times reports that all of the Chiefs of the various services have split with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of Defense over the issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  (See “Military chiefs split with Mullen on gays; Deal rushes repeal of ban”)
I am glad to see that the Service Chiefs have closed ranks behind Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Conway and not wishy-washy political coward Admiral Mike Mullen.  General Conway has been outspoken in his opposition to removing restrictions against homosexuals serving openly in the military.  God Bless him for it.  There is absolutely nothing to be gained by repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  It is particularly disrespectful for the Obama administration to rush forward with a vote on the ban without benefit of the study that has been commissioned due to report out in December 2010. 
I hope that these guys fight like hell.  I don’t personally recall resistance like this from the Nation’s military before.  There was an incident in the 1950s when rookie Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson under President Harry Truman cancelled a carrier program and tried to take all the airplanes out of the Navy.  It is hard to imagine today, when the first question asked during an emergency is “Where are the carriers?”  But Truman and Johnson were determined to radically change the structure of the U.S. Navy.  The story is told in “Revolt of the Admirals” by Jeffery G. Barlow – it should be required reading now for our military leaders while the most radical President in our history tries to reengineer the Nation.    
Like the Admirals of 1950, today’s military leadership owes it to the Nation and to the men and women who serve to protect the military from the irresponsible meddling of leftists. 
Conservative Resistance – Day 575
Days until we purge the leftists - 153
Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945-50 (Brassey's Five-Star Paperback Series) 

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