Colonel Allen West just weighed in on why this is an even bigger problem than we think.
While it by no means the first time ‘dirty pictures’ were passed around among fighting men, this instance warrants special attention.
Those in the photos are wearing the same uniform. Troops. Veterans. And civillians.
Ultimately, it points to a problem even more urgent than the funding gaps that keeps their planes grounded — a character deficit.
About 500 of 30,000 marines are believed to have seen the nude photos. Were the shares criminal? If — IF — they were taken with consent, probably not.
There is one major legal issue prosecutors may face: If the pictures shared online were originally taken consensually, the strictest penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice may not apply to Marines who shared them without permission.
A bill is being drafted to address the unauthorized sharing of such … private … photos.
But should such a bill even be NECESSARY?
Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents two women whose pictures were shared on Marines United praised Speier’s proposed bill and said Congress needs to take further action.”
It is not my intent to try and investigate or litigate this case involving Marines United. I prefer to focus on the sickness, not the symptom, and the sickness is a cultural degradation of values that permeates our nation…and now does so in our military.
No, they shouldn’t. Bottom line, our values are shot.
We’re dumping money into Gender Reassignment surgeries that should go to maintaining equipment.
We celebrate deserters.
And then Col. West REALLY lets loose:
Once upon a time, this nation produced generals who had a fire in their belly. They were not afraid to talk about killing the enemy. Today we have three and four star generals who cannot utter the words “militant Islamic jihadism/terrorism.” We have generals who talk about the weather — yes, climate change — being a national security issue. We have generals seeking to line their pockets with monies from foreign countries, and not fully disclosing their actions.
We have generals using government credit cards — taxpayer funds — to visit places of ill repute, or using their positions for sexual inappropriate behavior. This is happening all while true warrior leaders are vilified or forced to retire, because they’re not towing the “politically correct” line.
Let me remind y’all, there is no political correctness on a battlefield. Now, there are going to be progressive socialist detractors who will attack yours truly, and that is indicative of the lack of clear understanding of what is the priority in a combat zone. It’s not about giving the enemy a “binky” but protecting those you are entrusted to lead.
But ask yourself, where was the liberal progressive outcry when an Army Special Forces Sergeant beat down an Afghan police officer who was raping a young Afghan boy and beat his mother? How was it that we had to share that story here and fight for the retention of the sergeant whom the Army, along with his captain, punished and was to involuntarily separate. –From his website: Allen B West
Not just about the Marines, but about America as a whole. He’s exactly right.
In a time when so many are seeing fascists and despots behind every bush, let’s remember what America’s Second President said about what REALLY makes our nation work… and what would make it fail.
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation [that is, hypocrisy] towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practicing iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. —source
There are two ways to govern a people.
In it’s simplest terms: The Bible, or the Bayonet.
A people that will INTERNALIZE morality and have THAT govern their personal and civic behavior. (That’s what Adams was calling for.)
Or an unruly people that ignore the law, do whatever the hell they please, and need a government strong enough to reign them in when things get out of hand.
And what Col West and John Adams are BOTH saying here, is this:
It’s time to choose, America.