I saw this on Vox Day’s blog. It is a story about Eddie Gallagher being railroaded by NCIS after Millennial SEAL complaining went too far. People are blaming Obama for dumbing-down SEAL standards. Others are blaming diversity: Gallagher was white while his men were hispanic so the hispanics went after him. The proof offered is that junior enlisted guys were calling their chief “El Diablo,” as if white West Coast SEALs couldn’t learn the Spanish word for “Devil” within a week of living in San Diego, of all places. We have no proof that Obama liberalized the SEALs nor of Gallagher’s junior enlisted men having a racial grievance against him. The real truths may be far more horrifying: the Navy is no longer a place for honorable men to risk life and limb. I’m betting on this and here’s why.
Marines and SEALs have been persecuted by overzealous JAG officers for the past 17 years. The stories are legion. Marcus Luttrell described his team voting against killing Pashtun goatherds for fear of prosecution. This resulted in the deaths of everyone in his platoon except him. The first ugly truth is that dishonorable bureaucrats determine whether you face charges for killing anyone in the course of your duties. This is true in American society as a whole: police officers are now being charged for the deaths of criminals they’ve shot. Civilians are being charged for defending themselves. We’ve complained about the attacks on the second amendment but our entire society refuses to defend itself and makes outlaws of those show any martial valor in defense of their nation or even those of other nations.
The second truth is that you can be physically tough-enough to make it through BUD/S and still be a moral coward. I have first hand knowledge of some officers who made it through who were dishonest and immoral in their personal lives. Consider Stanley McCrystal, Petreus, and Admiral McRaven: guys that are much tougher than me who are nevertheless willing to put career and power above honor. Surely this extends to enlisted men as well, though they haven’t been brainwashed by Marxist college professors. Remember Chris Beck? He’s willing to surgically and hormonally mutilate his own body.
The truth is that SEALs are a cross-section of society morally and spiritually. As society slides off a moral and spiritual cliff, so will its elite forces. If you serve in an elite unit or any combat arms unit, the risks to you from society’s moral and spiritual decline are far greater: will your swim buddy come get you if you’ve been wounded? Maybe not if he’s more concerned about himself. Will you be prosecuted for making the wrong split-second decision? Quite possibly. Ask Ilario Pantano. Will your teammates turn on you if it’s convenient? Could happen. Will your command support you if you are prosecuted? Not if they’re gamma males who want an alpha scalp. Thus a pack of hyenas can bring down a lion.
I’m judging Eddie Gallagher innocent while I write all this. In the United States, you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. In most of the rest of the world, it’s the opposite. That’s becoming true here. Consider this when you decide where to invest your life and who to serve with – whether you’re a police officer, in the military, or some dad watching a ball game and things go sideways – there’s a good chance society doesn’t have your back even when you try to act honorably.
Update: Navy prosecutors apparently committed federal crimes in an attempt to railroad Gallagher. Gallagher apparently stabbed an ISIS terrorist of military age. Yes, he stabbed a 17 year-old. THis has historically been considered military age. Historically, terrorists and pirates were given no quarter at all and expected none. There is no Geneva Convention for terrorists AFAIK. Our presence in Asia makes absolutely no sense nor does our post-modern military.