Just this afternoon, something hit me about the hypocrisy of liberal progressives. As you often read here in the comments section, liberals are fond of misrepresenting events in my military career, specifically the prisoner interrogation I conducted in order to protect the lives of those under my command.
The current Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, was my 4th Infantry Division Commander in 2003 when I was the Battalion Commander of 2-20th Field Artillery Regiment. It was then-Major General Odierno who brought charges against me for that interrogation which led to my removal from command, an investigation, an Article 32 hearing, and final disposition by way of non-judicial punishment, Article 15.
I redeployed from the Iraq combat theater of operations and after consulting with my wife Angela, submitted my paperwork for retirement from U.S. active duty military service.
Upon my wall hangs a certificate of Honorable Discharge after 22 years of service, signed by the president.
And so I always find it laughable when liberal progressives choose the insidious line of character assassination referring to me as a “disgrace” and a “war criminal.”
So you may be asking, after 11 years, “what difference at this point does it make?” I’ll tell you the difference it makes.
This past Sunday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice referred to Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as having served with “honor and distinction.” And today, from Poland, President Barack Hussein Obama, when asked about the circumstances surrounding the night of Bergdahl’s disappearance dismissed the question as “irrelevant.”
Irrelevant whether he simply walked off the base, deserted the Army or colluded with the enemy?
You see, for liberal progressives, standing up and defending your men in combat, scaring, threatening, or ultimately destroying the enemy is bad — consider the American Soldiers sitting in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, like Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance or recently released Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna. These are men who don’t make negative statements and comments about their country or army. These are men who are willing to endure the crucible of betrayal and the hate-filled speech attacking their integrity and character. Those are the ones who the liberal progressives despise, denigrate, demean, disparage, and dishonor — trust me, I have first-hand experience.
Perhaps if I had played the victim and condemned my country and President George W. Bush for ruining my life due to his venture in an “unjust” war, I would have become an overnight liberal sensation — their version of a hero. I thank God I am not that weak in character.
What the episode surrounding Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl conveys to us all is that desertion is honorable to liberal progressives. Making anti-American comments and statements is distinguished and conveys a certain distinction of service. Having six Soldiers lose their lives during search and recovery operations — as opposed to taking an action to preserve American Soldiers’ lives — is held in high regard. And lying to the families of those killed is acceptable, if not encouraged. Releasing the enemy is a more relevant and worthy reason to violate an oath to the Constitution — as opposed to upholding that same oath.
This is the upside-down bizarro world of the liberal progressives where the certificate that hangs on my wall for Honorable Service means nothing. Why? Because someone like me or Clint Lorance doesn’t make them feel good. Sergeant Bergdahl makes liberals feel good because he is a victim and they have set him free — who cares about the poor souls six feet under as a result of his nefarious action? It is, after all, “irrelevant.”
Expect the liberal progressive media to protect Bergdahl and try to show us his beautiful side – perhaps pictures of him as a dancer.
So here I sit watching whether General Odierno will render charges against Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for desertion — there is plenty of evidence to support the allegations. There could be charges of conduct unbecoming of an American Soldier, possibly even treason. I’ll be watching to see what General Odierno’s definition of honor is — after all he is a West Point graduate where the motto is Duty, Honor, Country.
Or does General Odierno agree, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey stated, that Bergdahl has suffered enough — and as Obama stated, his actions are irrelevant?
Will there be a 15-6 investigation, or will the liberal definition of honor prevail and it will all be shoved under a rug? Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has already started circling the progressive socialist Democrat wagons around Obama saying the challengers to his unilateral release of senior Taliban leaders are just “Obama haters.” You see, setting the enemy free is good, it is honorable, it displays strength.
The real question for our nation is, how do we define honor?