- Last week, Al Gore said he'd require any appointee to
the U.S. armed forces Joint Chiefs of Staff to agree in advance to allow
homosexuals to serve openly in our military.
- When asked about Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy, here's how he responded: "I would insist before appointing
anybody to the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the individual support my policy.
And, yes, I would make that a requirement."
- After enduring the next 48 hours of heavy incoming fire,
the vice president stumbled out of his bunker and told millions of Americans
they'd misheard. He weasel-worded that he "did not mean to imply
that there should ever be any kind of inquiry into the personal political
opinions of the officers."
- Millions of Americans "misheard"? I don't
- Clearly, Gore lied. But what's new? He lied about his
combat service in Vietnam when he said he'd been there and done that grunt
stuff, lied about plowing the back 40 on his daddy's tobacco farm and
now is lying about what our ears transmitted to our brains.
- Sure, most politicians lie. But to lie so blatantly
about an issue so critical to our security and then have the chutzpah
to say we got it wrong is even more insulting than usual.
- My take is that, like President Lyndon Johnson, Gore
has issues with the brass. I reckon what we witnessed on television was
the real Gore caught dead in the center of a subconscious slip. He's on
record when he was a soldier in Vietnam for calling his officers "fascists"
and driving his buddies nuts over how much he hated the Army.
- Granted the Army drill must've been hard for a Harvard
graduate -- an enlisted man who'd led a privileged life of servants and
private schools. The son of a rich and powerful senator wouldn't exactly
be thrilled with an outfit that made him get up at o'dark hundred, stand
in line in the rain, eat out of a mess kit and shout "How high, sir?"
when told to jump.
- Things got better once Gore got to Vietnam. There his
basic weapon was a Remington typewriter, and the headquarters' snack bar
was light-years away from the trenches where the daily fighting and dying
occurred. He was special: the only enlisted man in Vietnam with his own
- Gore's senator daddy also got his son's 12-month tour
cut to five by leaning on a political general. The unconnected, of course,
served a minimum of 12 months unless they went out Purple Heart early
on a stretcher or in a body bag.
- So it's easy to see why he wants generals and admirals
who'll go-along-to-get-along, advisers to expedite his political agenda
and help scoop up the homosexual vote -- while finishing off our armed
- But it's critical that the service chiefs and the chairman
of the JC of S be their own men, not presidential lap dogs. They must
be selected because they're the best in the armed forces to win wars,
not because they'll be the president's personal yes men.
- The chiefs were just so politicized and manipulated
by LBJ during the Vietnam War. And as a result of LBJ's anti-brass paranoia,
his lies to the public and the service chiefs' dereliction of duty, we
lost our first war and have a black monument in Washington D.C. inscribed
with the names of 58,000 sacrificial lambs.
- There's already been too much compromise and not enough
standing tall by the chiefs and the rest of our brass hats. In the last
seven years, not one serving senior officer has challenged the Clinton-Gore
agenda -- pushing political correctness and committing our forces on wrongheaded
missions -- that's led to the near destruction of our military.
- If Gore becomes the prez, I bet a six-pack not one serving
admiral and general will sell his or her soul for a chief's job if it
means going along with Gore's open-homosexuality-in-the-ranks scenario.
There'll be an avalanche of resignations instead. And then a bunch of
very liberal corporals will be brought in to take over the Joint Chiefs
of Staff. Finally, the Clinton-Gore demolition job on the armed forces
will be complete!
- It just might be expedient to learn Chinese.