Sunday, April 05, 2015

"Sir, I Will Not Obey That Order."

I was at a fundraiser in Colorado, and I struck up a conversation with a Major who was in command of a group of about 500 Special Forces personnel. 
He told me that he was no longer able to train his men in how to do their jobs and come home afterwards, because these days his time had to be spent making sure that none of his soldiers had tattoos that might be considered offensive to women, gays, lesbian or transgendered personnel; that he had to scour the barracks of these young warriors who were prepared to fight and die for their country in order to make sure there were no Maxim magazines or any other images of naked women that might make the home of these deadly, aggressive, disciplined men into a hostile work environment. He had to do all of this nonsense, more and more of it each year, and spend less and less time doing what he, and his soldiers, had signed up to do in the first place: namely, train to go out there and kill the enemies of freedom. 
Then one day, his commanding officer came to him with a new policy. He told this young Major that he was required to poll all of the people in his command and ascertain whether they, or anyone else in their household, owned their own weapons and if so how many and of what kind. 
And he calmly told me that he turned to his superior officer and said, “Sir, I will not obey that order.”

12 comments:

Joe in Memphis said...

God help us.

nj larry said...

In November of 2007 an orchestrated orangized coup d'etat took place in this country. The intel services knew what was going on. The law enforcement agencies knew what was going on. And yes the military knew what was going on. They all closed their eyes. They all allowed it to happen. Please no complaints now. Please.

Mike Folkestad said...

Good on Him!
Master Army Aviator

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, while there will be some small pockets of resistance, the vast majority of leaders (Platoon all the way to the top) will carry out the the order. Remember everything the Nazi's did to their countrymen was legal.

Moosejaw said...

Larry don't you mean November 2008? seems their was an election that year (and in 2012) where people were suppose to let the fellow who represented the underclass, win. I recognized the Marxist intent of this fellow....as did a large minority. I don't remember anyone giving this fellow carte blanche to destroy our constitution though.

nj larry said...

Woops...yes 2008. Crappy Kindle keyboard.

By allowing the coup, by not standing up and identifying the threat, by not shouting, by closing their eyes the powerful acquiesced. I am sure the truth will come out long after I am gone. It did after all the monsters of the 20th century, Mao, Hitler even Uncle Joe. The truth always comes out. Only problem is that the damage will have been done.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a time, long ago, in the USAF when we had surprise, middle of the night, shakedown inspections in the barracks. Besides searching our room we were told that if we had a vehicle to go outside. Officers would be waiting to search for unauthorized items, such as firearms. I had several firearms locked in the trunk of my 57 Chevy, so I said I didn't own a vehicle, so that was that. The dummies weren't smart enough to cross reference names against the motor vehicle records. Also they couldn't find a reg against the old skull on our dresser.

kmitch200 said...

what he, and his soldiers, had signed up to do in the first place: namely, train to go out there and kill the enemies of freedom

Is this country still worth fighting and dying for? We call what we have "freedom" like trained birds repeating what was taught them.
Pick ANY 3 letter agency that can bankrupt you, throw you in prison for whatever reason they make up or kill you outright and nobody even gets fired, let alone prosecuted for Constitution violations.
Isn't that how Banana Republics operate?

Tim Burke said...

Everything done in Nazi Germany was legal, but didn't that military swear an oath to Hitler? As much as Dear Reader might like to make the military swear an oath to him, personally, he can't. The oath they do swear is to the Constitution. That changes what is legal here. The Executive branch can pretend it isn't so, but they are just pretending.

Anonymous said...

The "senior leadership" of the Army has never really trusted soldiers with firearms. Funny, that. Regards, Alemaster (another Master Army Aviator, retired)

Overload in Colorado said...

You guys aren't thinking about this correctly. We already win the fighting. What we need help with is winning when there isn't a war. Hearts and Minds, as they say. We need help stopping violence against our troops during peacekeeping.
So, I agree with the tattoo restriction, but don't agree with the Maxim magazines restriction.

Saw a TV News piece about women in Special Forces. As long as you don't lower the standards, I'm for it.

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