Hate to say “I told you so” but President Obama’s disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness.
According to the Washington Times, “A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.”
“Sailors continue to cite the over-focus on social issues by senior leadership, above and beyond discussions on war fighting — a fact that demoralizes junior and mid-grade officers alike,” Cmdr. Snodgrass wrote last month March on the U.S. Naval Institute website. The Washington Times said “it is a remarkably frank assessment from an upwardly mobile fighter pilot who is due to become the executive officer of a F-18 unit in Japan.”
You have to wonder if this accomplished Naval fighter pilot will still get that prized assignment after his revelations? Well, we reported here how the Chief of the US Coast Guard said the Commander-in-Chief basically threatened senior military leadership to “get on board with his social agenda for the military or retire.” So I guess that’s the answer.
Cmdr. Snodgrass says applications to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis started dropping last year. But even more concerning, there is an erosion of trust in senior leadership which is harming retention in the special warfare community, including Navy SEALs, with a record number of lieutenants leaving. Of course President Obama will fix that issue since he announced women will be allowed into the Navy SEALS in 2016. Hey, Barack, “GI Jane” was a movie.
But what Cmdr. Snodgrass really takes on is this sense of politically correct behavior modification by way of intimidation, coercion, and relief of command. In my final years in uniform we referred to it as the “zero defects” military. I recall the Clinton administration’s decree of “Consideration of Others” training while we saw our training resources, such as ammunition and spare parts, drained away. (Oh, and in case you missed it, the Pentagon is planning to destroy $1 billion worth of ammunition).Snodgrass lists long wartime deployments as a leading retention negative. He also tackles a touchier issue, what some sailors have referred to as “political correctness,” such as the banning of uniform patches that might offend someone.
The US military has always been a target for liberal progressives to attack and break down, all because it is an institution that stands on honor, integrity, discipline, selfless service, and character. But most importantly it is a meritocracy, the diametric opposite of the “social justice” agenda — it focuses on the equality of opportunity to excel, not the equality of outcomes. The military is a bastion of tradition, and we know progressive socialists hate traditions.
Cmdr. Snodgrass writes of “a recent shift within the Navy to eradicate behavior that is, by its every nature, ineradicable.” “Put simply, there is no dollar amount that can be spent, or amount of training that can be conducted, that will completely eradicate complex issues such as suicide, sexual assault, or commanding officer reliefs for cause — yet we continue to expend immense resources in this pursuit,” he says.
What Cmdr. Snodgrass highlights is why this Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Hussein Obama, is not held in high esteem by our men and women in uniform.