Good for us.
I'm sure there are more than quite a few Americans out there who are again thumping their chest in pride at how we continue to become a more progressive society. Our inclusivity is again at a level which puts us amongst the proudest progressive nations in the world.
I've got some personal experience with females in combat, and by in large its not something that I'm particularly concerned about. Neither did I care terribly about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and from friends that remain in, neither did anyone else. The Army knows better than anything else how to keep itself running, so I'm not worried about this causing large-scale disruption or anything.
Honestly, this is probably something that I should be much happier about, but for some reason I can't quite get behind this current action by the government.
I think it has to do largely with what I see going on in this video. No, not the jokes, but what happens near the end:
In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. (Laughter.) In my first term, we repealed the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — wait, though; in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it’s raining men.The President is remarking on some of his accomplishments during his first term. And he leads with what I believe to be a pretty strong one. Ending a war. Good job. No applause. Next up in the slot, ending 'don't ask, don't tell' (applause) does not really do it justice. People are very pleased with this outcome. Check the tape, around 15 minutes in. This is apparently a bigger deal to most Americans.
And pretty soon women in combat roles is gonna be a bigger deal than Afghanistan.
Honestly, it hurts every time I witness shit like this go down. Every time, it becomes more and more clear to me that the risks I ran, the blood and tears, the bodies, the shit, all of it was completely and utterly unimportant to America and to most Americans. It really hurts to know that my friends who are dead are dead because of ambivalence and that deep down no one cares about winning.
Which brings me to my second video. A classic to many people, I feel like this man a lot when I think about the war. Since when was it ok to lose? Since when was the Army about anything other than winning wars?
Let me be clear, I do not believe that women nor openly gay soldiers in combat will not endanger lives directly. But that does not mean it is appropriate to change these policies now. You play to win the war. We are at war. We should be doing things that help us win the war. Otherwise we should just quit. It is heartbreakingly clear to me that America does not understand this.
While these current issues are often compared with the racial desegregation of the military in the 1950s, there is a critical difference in how these issues were portrayed and why they were carried out. Racial desegregation was enacted to ensure that African-Americans continued to support the military and because it was inefficient and ineffective. It was a waste and it made things more complicated, not less. In short, desegregation was argued for on the basis of its inherent military benefits.
No one today even considers such things as military benefits. We enact these current reforms because we want to feel better here in America. It feels better to tell ourselves that we don't discriminate, even if it probably means that some unit is digging an extra trench for their new female counterparts to shit in. We can be just that extra notch prouder, even in our non-service, while some company spends what little down time they have getting some extra sensitivity training on how to deal with openly gay squad mates.
I'm so sick of this bullshit. And again, the bullshit is not these reforms, its why they are being carried out and when they are being implemented. We are trying to social engineer our Army while it fights a war for no military benefit. Its something that screams of an overblown ego. And perhaps this too would be acceptable, but we are not winning.
But we aren't playing to win, are we?