The Trouble in Barack’s Barracks

Air Force Barracks, RAF Alconbury

Air Force Barracks, RAF Alconbury

By Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

It must have taken a lot of restraint for America’s top military leaders to sit through yesterday’s Senate hearing on sexual assault and never say the one thing on everyone’s minds: “We told you so.” A little over two years ago, the same Senate ignored the warnings of many of the men assembled Tuesday and charged ahead with its repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” against the military’s advice. Now, a year and half into this post-DADT era, these Senators demand to know why sexual attacks are through the roof.

Isn’t it obvious? The Pentagon downplayed the effects of open homosexuality when it was implemented in 2011 — something it will have a tough time doing now, with the rate of male-on-male assaults at a record high. While the media rightly highlights the female victims, the Pentagon’s 1,400-page report explains that service men are just as affected — if not more so. According to the Defense Department’s own numbers, military men suffered 2,000 more sexual attacks than their female counterparts in 2012, the first full year that open homosexuality was tolerated. All together, “unwanted sexual conduct” climbed to 26,000 cases (up from 19,000 in 2010) — a 37% spike in two years. And some believe that’s a low estimate — in part because men are so reluctant to report abuse, especially from other men.

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said a “focus” of the assault office “is specifically geared toward male survivors and will include why male survivors report at much lower rates than female survivors…” Unfortunately, most are victims — not just of assault, but of this new sexually-charged environment. And while the military could certainly do a better job of cracking down on abuse, lawmakers are blasting service chiefs for a problem that, in many ways, they helped create! Senators like Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), for example, led the charge to overturn DADT — and then spent yesterday’s hearing complaining about the result.

Of course, the liberal members of the Armed Services Committee were careful to dance around the same-sex assault issue, but there’s no mistaking the elephant in the room. The White House has spent Barack Obama’s entire presidency sexualizing the military, beginning with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that when Congress made sexual attraction a qualification for military service — on par with academic performance, community service, physical fitness, or moral standing — it radically altered America’s fighting force.

Either Senate liberals are either naive (which I doubt) or just covering their tracks. It should be fairly obvious to anyone that when you sexualize the military, you invite more sexual behavior — including sexual abuse. Air Force General Mark Welsh admitted as much yesterday when he compared the spread of violence to a “cancer.” In part, Army General (and Joint Chiefs Chair) Martin Dempsey acknowledged because the armed forces “allow, albeit unwittingly, some people with histories of sexual bad acts to enlist and serve.” “Obviously,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fired back, “we have to fix that.”

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For now, however, it looks like the military will have relatively no help fixing its most fundamental problem, which Marine General James Amos foreshadowed during his testimony in 2010: “To add any element of sexual competition, sexuality, or hesitance in trust would unquestionably prevent the military bonds–and destroy [them].” Now, that nightmare is the military’s reality. And Generals like James Amos watch helplessly as even a single assault “undermine[s] everything that a commanding officer and every Marine in that unit has worked so hard to achieve.”

From the June 5, 2013 Washington Update.


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  • thisoldspouse

    A sane government would be able to reassess the negative consequences of a change in policy and reverse it, but we haven’t had a sane government for at least 4½ years.

    It is completely politicized, and even if it completely destroys the greatest fighting force in the history of the world, they’ll go down with the ship patting themselves on that back for being “nice to the queers.”

    • SDJammer

      All of the progressive liberal politically correct feel good solutions of the day have horrendous consequences. This is just one of many.

      Our country is almost at the breaking point. That is why we must take every step we can no matter how big or how small back in the right direction. The size of those steps is not as important as making the actual pivot to go back to conservative principles and values before it is too late.

      • You’re right. The military is the last bastion of those “outdated” values that created the greatest nation on earth. If they are now neck-deep in Leftist political correctness, every American should be profoundly afraid for the future.

      • thisoldspouse

        I think we are beyond the breaking point. The fact that Americans haven’t fought back in any significant manner means that we are essentially dead.

        The Demonic Left has overthrown the military, the most conservative large institution in America, and the damage won’t be reversed without a full “reset.” Now, another bulwark of traditional values in the Boy Scouts has been conquered by forces of evil, who will basically rape their newly won trophy in public view for demoralization effect. I use these violent, vivid terms intentionally, because that is EXACTLY what the left intents do to. The military and BSA are now play things to them, a still-living but wounded prey that the predator will now playfully torment slowly to death.

        And still, we “conservatives” nominate candidates (Romney, Ryan) who are in favor of this societal poison.

        • SDJammer

          I don’t think we are BEYOND the breaking point, but we are close. And do you know who I blame the most?

          It is not the progressive liberals, it is conservatives. We know better, but we have done little to stop it. Conservatives are reluctant to speak up. For the most part, they are willing to sit on the sidelines complaining about things, but fail to get involved.

          Another fault that I have with conservatives is that we tend to be our own worst enemy. We expect 100% purity in a conservative on every issue or we are willing to just “throw them under the bus”. Well, if we had an over abundance of conservatives that would be an acceptable tactic. However, the last time I looked around, we are running a little short on the number of conservatives.

          I will use your point about Romney. I KNOW that he was not as conservative as we would have like. I UNDERSTAND that. However, when it was inevitable that he was going to be the Republican nominee all conservatives should have immediately jumped into the fight to help him beat Obama as he would at least been a half step in the RIGHT direction.

          We simply have got to come to the reality that a half step in the RIGHT direction is better than a full step in the WRONG direction and in the case of Obama a gigantic LEAP in the wrong direction.

          I think conservatives need to reach deep into their bag of guiding principles and start reviewing them so as not to make any more mistakes. There are many guiding principles that we can use two of which are: 1. If you find yourself in a hole - STOP digging. 2. Don’t be your own worst enemy.

  • DCM7

    Those who defend homosexuality (and such things as allowing it openly in the military) inevitably have to pretend its nature is very, very different than it actually is.
    When those who support something have to exercise such dishonesty and denial about it, it says a lot about that “something.”

    • SDJammer

      Natural law is the only reliable basis for a stable society and system of justice. Our Founding Fathers had it right when they put our system of government in place. Leave it to progressive liberals to find a perverse way to destroy it.