The American Military: ‘What Are We Fighting For?’

This CBN report on the current state of the U.S. military highlights some of the points I made last night while discussing the military with my daughter.

My daughter has a friend who will be leaving to join the Air Force soon (as I did some 29 years ago, and ended up serving 10 years).  I told my daughter that when she was a little girl, I sometimes thought about what I might say to her when she was 17 or 18 and if she expressed an interest in joining the military.

Back then, I thought I would probably recommend it.  Though it can be dangerous, hard work, there are few jobs that can be more rewarding. There are few vocations that are more noble than dedicating yourself 24/7/365 to the defense of your country, your countrymen, and your people’s way of life. Military service also teaches you a lot–not just in the career field you choose, but it teaches you about being a responsible person, about being a team player, about putting others before yourself, about life in general.

The balance of my thinking came down this way, even though my daughter was born during the latter years of one of the most morally bankrupt presidents in U.S. history: Bill Clinton–a man who was even then squandering military credibility with his “wag the dog” engagements to distract from his open fly, and his “meals on wheels” missions that are about the most noble things the Left can bring themselves to employ the military for, and his attempts to undermine the moral fiber of the military with his asinine “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” move to allow homosexuals to serve in the military.

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Fast-forward 17 years to a Democrat president who is even more corrupt (not so much personally, but on a grand societal scale) than Bill Clinton: Barack Obama, a man who makes even Jimmy Carter look preferable in many ways. The credibility of our military has been shot through President Obama’s worldwide Apology Tour, his emasculation of the military, his fondness for our enemies among radical Islamists, allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military and forcing the associated problems on service members, the pro-homosexual bias in the military command structure, the violations of religious freedom in the military, and his war against our nation’s Christian heritage among service members.

So what did I tell my daughter?  I told her that while military service remains a noble endeavor, and that I wouldn’t try to dictate her vocational choices even if I could, as someone who has served for a decade and knows the military inside and out, I could not recommend she or anyone else enter into such a dangerous environment.  No, not dangerous from America’s foreign enemies (it has always been dangerous from America’s foreign enemies), but rather the dangers imposed on military members from America’s domestic enemies, our enemies within our own government.

You can fight foreign, identifiable enemies on the battlefield. What can you do when your and your country’s worst enemies are in your chain of command, and are the ones giving you orders?

I pray to God some of this incalculable damage can and will be reversed when Barack Obama leaves the White House. But given the gutlessness and moral bankruptcy of the leadership of the “Republican” Party these days, I have little hope of that.

May God have mercy on the United States of America.

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Bob Ellis
Bob Ellis has been the owner of conservative media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for 20 years, including a founding Tea Party leader and organizer starting in 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.

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