Comes now the Report from the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, as reported today in Navy Times, via Drudge.Â This commission was established by Congress two years ago.Â We don’t really have to go into a whole lot of detail on the supposed purpose of this “commission”, now do we?Â The ‘Big D’ in the titleÂ pretty much says it all.Â One more feel good, PC, social justice blathering, fol-de-rol meant to embarass, humiliate, marginalize, degrade and distractÂ another heretofore time-honored, crucial, successful, Â American institution, the US military.Â By way of summation, we offer here the first sentence of the NT pieceÂ : “The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.”
Well.Â We expected no less.Â In fact, we expected a report like this to include all the gory details about how there are only X% of this race in leadership positions and Y% of that gender in command slots and the whole nine yards of the perennial minority grievance-based affirmative action requests catered toÂ by the concerned commissioners.Â It’s all there, in the NT piece and in the report itself.Â See the links below.Â Â We also expected there would be a disproportionate number of retired Air Force Generals on the Commission.Â And there were.Â We did not expect to find a former top aide to Nancy Pelosi and current Board member of Planned Parenthood on the Commission, one Shamina Singh, but we are not at all shocked.
No, what really was disturbing about this little ditty was a statement made by the Commission’s chairman, a retired Air Force General named Lester L. Lyles.Â The Navy Times article (Navy Times is owned by Gannett.Â Why does Gannett…never mind, I answered my own question) dotes a lot on the gender angle.Â Specifically, that since women have been traditionally barred from combat, that bit of glory missing from their resume creates a glass ceiling, preventing them from reaching the pinnacles of military success.Â Well, maybe.Â But in stressing the point, General Lyles argues that today’s military, and today’s world political map, and today’s war-fighting regimens, are more and more amenable to the talents and shared abilitiesÂ of the distaff side.Â Says General Lyles:
“If you look at today’s battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s not like it was in the Cold War, when we had a defined battlefield.”
A defined battlefield.Â In the Cold War.Â Well blow me over.Â I admit to not being a military historian.Â I admit to not being a military or political expert.Â My only bonafides in those areasÂ are thatÂ I did a six-year hitch in the Navy and manged to squeeze out a BA in PoliSci.Â But I lived through the Cold War.Â And that “defined battlefield” that General Lyles glibly speaks ofÂ as he tries to do the bidding of his sponsors was nowhere categorically or specifically described or delineated as far as I recall.Â I remember it as being pretty much a multi-faceted, anywhere and everywhere, all-encompassing, almost all-consuming thing that was fought on so many fronts, and backs, and sides, and ins and outs, that it took the entire awake free world to look after it.Â And as I recall, there were not a few women going once more and then again into the fray, perhaps not in hand-to-hand knife-fightÂ combat but soldiering on nonetheless, and devoting their lives to the conduct of said Cold War.Â So that General Lyles’ Â pathetic attempt to bring all of the knuckledragging white male command-and-control structure to heel and into the 21st century falls a little flat.
Look, this is not news.Â The games the agendaites play are disingenuous, illogical, destructive and maddening.Â Â The Commander-in-Chief is a black man.Â The Commander of Abu Graib was a woman.Â Colin Powell was Chairman of JCS.Â All this multi-culti/diversity diversion is Â propaganda, pap, Â poop and pathetic.Â But the arguments people make when engaging in it are instructive, albeit disheartening.Â It is one thing for high-levelÂ career military types to soften with age.Â It isÂ quite another when they knowingly, or even more frightening, unknowingly, reduce one of the greatest and most complexÂ conflicts in the history of the world to a mere testosterone-driven knockdown dragout brawl conducted on the plains ofÂ some imaginary ‘battlefield’.Â Â What do they teach at the Academies and War CollegesÂ these days?