Honoring the Dishonorable, Ignoring the Heroic
I guess that’s just how they roll in today’s administration. The “commander in chief” has proven again and again that he has zero respect for our great military.
Good, decent American warriors have been dying in combat against the enemies of human liberty for over a decade. Many hundreds have died serving in the forces that protect our way of life. They selflessly and fearlessly run towards gunfire, engage with a vicious and determined enemy and leave the battlefield littered with the bodies of the forces of darkness.
Sometimes, however, our warriors fight and die. They died in Iraq, they died in Afghanistan and they died in Benghazi, Libya.
Some warriors died while searching for a soldier who walked away from his post. In June 2009, The Deserter left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He just walked away. That ignited a huge, multi-million dollar search that he had to know would occur. He just didn’t care.
Men put on their battle gear and headed out into the Valley of the Shadow of Death in search of him. As was entirely predictable, some of these men died searching for The Deserter. They bled out on a battlefield giving their last doing what they were called to do. h/t to R.D. Walker
The mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives and children of these warriors were not told the real reason they died. They were told they were searching for a Taliban commander or some other fiction. They were given their Purple Hearts and flags and forgotten to grieve. It is unlikely Barack Obama ever heard the names of these lost soldiers and he certainly never heard the names of their family members.
Obama did know the name of The Deserter, however. He knew the names The Deserter’s parents too. He didn’t invite the mothers and fathers of the honorable soldiers who died in in Afghanistan to the White House. He did, however, invite the parents of the man who deserted his post, his fellow soldiers and his country. Obama invited the mother and father of The Deserter for a Rose Garden press conference and photo op. He invited them for comforting and for embraces. Even as Obama ignored the families of the men who served honorably and died in search of The Deserter, he embraced and comforted the parents of the dishonorable Deserter whose actions started a chain of events that resulted in their deaths.
That’s the way the Obama White House rolls. They honor the dishonorable, praise the corrupt, ignore the praiseworthy and disdain the heroic. Everything is backward in Washington today. Everything is exactly the opposite of what it should be. Dishonor is honored and heroism is derided.