Army Concerned with Lying Yet Insists Troops Call Bradley Manning a Woman

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Army leaders insist they are concerned with lying within the ranks, yet at the same time they demand their troops lie by calling Bradley Manning a woman.

The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania published, “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession,” on February 17 and its executive summary said that, “Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it. Further, much of the deception and dishonesty that occurs in the profession of arms is actually encouraged and sanctioned by the military institution.”

The SSI and War College do not make doctrine so it might normally be easy to dismiss this SSI publication as noteworthy but something the Army as a whole doesn’t endorse. However, TIME Magazine noticed it and spoke with Army Secretary John McHugh about it.

McHugh, the Army’s top civilian, agreed that there are too many regulations. “I’d be less than shocked if there are those that have outlived their usefulness,” he said at a breakfast meeting with reporters. “We need an open discussion about what it means to be an Army officer, what values do you need to display, and how do you display them, which brings us into some of the findings about dishonesty within certain officer ranks.”

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So the Army has officially said that it is concerned with lying in the ranks; that it wants its troops to be honest.

Which brings us to a report from the UPI on March 5: “U.S. military ordered to refer to Chelsea Manning as female.”

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday that the military must use either female or gender-neutral pronouns when referencing Manning in the future. The military may no longer refer to Manning as a man.

So as soon as the Secretary of the Army says the Army has a lying problem, a U.S. Army court reportedly orders all soldiers to lie about Bradley Manning being a woman.

The U.S. Army does indeed have a lying problem—as does the DOD and the entire U.S. And that lying problem has gotten so bad that people are increasingly having trouble even determining what truth is. Hence, right after the Army says it wants its troops to stop lying, it reportedly orders them to lie on one of the most fundamental things in life: differentiating between a man and a woman.

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