Commentary by Lt. Colonel John Lewis Cook, USA (ret.)
On Tuesday, I watched some great acting on TV. Most of it would have qualified professional actors for an Academy Award but, unfortunately, these actors were not professional. They were merely politicians, U.S. Senators to be exact. They pretended to be outraged at the alarming number of sexual assaults in the military and they hauled all the military brass they could find before the Senate Armed Services Committee to demonstrate just how outraged they were.
There were a great deal of sound bites and fury but it signified little since real facts were in short supply. Anyone that has ever seen Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart will remember the scene where Captain Renault of the Casablanca Police force is “shocked! Shocked to discover that gambling is going on at Ricky’s,” at the same time he taking kickback to keep it going. That was a great movie but it was fiction. What is going on in Washington now is, unfortunately, not fiction.
Here are the only facts that matter, regardless of all the hype. Recently, the Department of Defense reluctantly released the results of a service wide survey dealing with sexual assaults in the military for 2012. This survey revealed that there were 26,000 sexual assaults across all services in 2012. However, only one in eight of these assaults were reported.
If you watched these hearings on Tuesday, you would naturally assume that most of these assaults were against women committed by big, brutish heterosexual males but you would be wrong. The dirty little secret that was not discussed during these hearings is this. Of the 26,000 sexual assaults reported in the survey in 2012, 14,000 were male on male assaults. That’s not a mistake; that’s the truth. Only 12,000 were male on female assaults. However, this dirty little secret was not discussed in any detail yesterday. In fact, it was not discussed at all and to actually know this is the fact of the matter will require you to read the whole report.
This is why I would nominate the Senators and the witnesses for Academy Awards for their acting. They pretended that there was no dead cat on the dining room table and they carried it off with perfection. So, instead of dealing with the real issue, the Senators created a phony issue and used it to batter the witnesses, the senior military brass. The phony issue goes something like this. Since so few of the victims are coming forward and reporting the assault, perhaps the unit commanders should be by passed and the victim allowed to report directly to some Sexual Assault Czar outside the military unit’s chain of command. This makes sense only to a politician who has no experience with how the military operates because the commander is ultimately responsible for good order and discipline.
Many of the Senators seemed to be surprised that the number of assaults from 2012 showed a 35% increase over 2011. Why the increase? They pretended to not know the answer but it really is not that hard to figure out, even for a U.S. Senator. It’s really quite simple. In late 2011, legislation was passed to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Don’t ask don’t tell was dead. The military became the next best thing to the Catholic church for horny homosexuals and, according to the numbers in the survey, they wasted little time in taking full advantage. Naturally, these spineless Senators do not want to face the reality that they could have prevented homosexuals serving openly in the military but they didn’t do it. If this awful truth is exposed, they may get some of the blame and, God knows, they don’t want that.
There was a time, not so long ago, where parents worried about their daughter going into the military for fear that she may be assaulted by a male. This was not a concern of parents who sent their sons off to the military. Unfortunately, all of this will now have to be rethought. The daughters may very well be assaulted by lesbians and the sons raped by homosexuals. And there was poor General Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the look of the deer in the headlights, giving the standard answer that more needs to be done etc., etc.
Have things gotten as bad as they can get and can we now hope for things to get better? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Things will get much worse for the American military. Just like the Boys Scouts of America, our military is not what it used to be. Also, consider this. It is simply a matter of time before a General officer comes out of the closet and announces that he or she is gay. If General Patton came back today, would he understand any of this? If he slapped a soldier for being a coward in combat, what would he have done to a homosexual? Of course these are different times than what Patton experienced. During his day, the military won wars. He left social experiments to others, where the stakes were not as high if the experiment failed. It’s a pity we don’t have a George Patton to put in front of these spineless Senators today.
If we fast forward twenty years, is it possible that the entire defense of the nation will be in the hands of a bunch of homosexuals? Is it possible that the most critical decisions concerning national defense will rest with those that are so abnormal and unstable as to engage in unnatural acts? God help us all.
About the Author
Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis Cook, United States Army (Retired), “served as the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Interior in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for developing the force structure for the entire Afghan National Police. As of 2012, this force totals 157,000. From March 2008 until August 2012, his access and intimate associations with all levels of the Afghan government and coalition forces have provided him with an unprecedented insight into the policies which will determine the outcome of the war. It is this insight, coupled with his contacts and associations throughout Afghanistan that form the basis of Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure.
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