The Few, the Proud, the Unarmed
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published July 25, 2015 by The American Thinker website.
Ever get the feeling that you went to sleep one night and awakened to find somebody stole your country and replaced it with an insane asylum?
We trust our warriors with weapons in foreign countries but not on their home turf? This is what’s flying over the D.C. cuckoo’s nest.
Imagine that you’re being held hostage by the “Death to America” Islamic Republic of Iran. Your president negotiates a nuclear “agreement” with the regime, but he’s too needy and impotent to secure your release as part of the agreement. Is there any message that would bring more joy to your heart than: “The Marines have landed?”
The valiant volunteer members of our military swear an oath:
“to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
About that “domestic” part. Despite the murders of four “officially” unarmed Marines and a Navy petty officer in Chattanooga, Tenn. on July 16, by a heavily-armed follower of Allah, some geldings in the federal follies are still studying whether to allow our military to be armed in U.S. recruiting offices, on military bases, and in public.
Responding to the Chattanooga attack, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter approved a memo telling Marines not to wear their uniforms in public. The Pentagon also told recruiters to “close the blinds for added security.”
In other words, behave like a hostage in your homeland: The Few, the Cloistered, the Incognito. There’s a sure-fire recruiting ad.
Are we fed up yet with this administration treating our military so contemptuously?
Contrast that with state governors, all Republican, who have issued orders arming their National Guard troops.
The Army’s reaction isn’t much better. According to Stars and Stripes, an official memo tells recruiting center staff to “treat armed citizens as a security threat,” and “recruiters should also immediately fill out an Army security report.”
And won’t that be handy for President Obama’s next Homeland Security report on terrorism to inflate the number of “right-wing” terror watch groups?
We don’t pay our warriors nearly enough for what they do for us. We subject them to medical care run by incompetent and/or corrupt Veterans Administration (VA) officials. Assorted Jihadi terrorists, foreign and domestic, have attacked and killed our troops on their bases and at recruiting offices, and they continue painting a target on their comrades without arms.
The president and his Defense Department messengers continue insulting our best and bravest to the core of their being by telling them that they don’t trust them to be armed among us.
We’re told it could be unsafe to arm our military because too many of our vets are committing suicide. That’s tragically true because many are giving up hope while waiting months for care at the VA. To broad-brush the entire military with PTSD would mean that we shouldn’t have them armed in foreign countries, either.
We’re told that if recruiting center staff in shopping malls are armed, there’s an added concern of accidental shootings. Fox News’ Kelly File quoted Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army:
“We have to be careful about over arming ourselves, I’m not talking about attacking each other, but things like accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded, that can cause injuries.”
The shootings at malls are intentionally perpetrated by bad guys with guns. If you heard gunshots in a mall and you knew the soldiers in the recruiting center were armed, where would you run for protection? Truth be told, we’d run there even if they were unarmed because these are the ones who live and die by: “Not on our watch.”
During a Senate hearing Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), asked the nominee for next commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, what might have happened if Marines at the Chattanooga recruiting station had been permitted to carry weapons. According to the Marine Corps Times, Graham asked Neller:
“If recruiters had been armed, do you think things would have been different?”
“Senator, I don’t know,” Neller replied.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), pressed Neller further and finally got an answer:
“Yes, they should have been able to defend themselves, Senator,” he said.
Was that so hard? Good grief, General, you’re a Marine. Are you sure you want to work for the current commander in chief?
There are four Americans who don’t have to imagine what it’s like being held hostage in the Islamic Republic of Iran. But they do have to imagine that their country hasn’t forgotten them, and that one day Marines or Navy SEALs or Army Rangers will come and take them home.