Opinion

Behind the push to politicize the military

Darin Selnick VA Advisor, Concerned Veterans For America

The one government institution that is conservative and apolitical by nature is the U.S. military. President Obama with his liberal agenda is trying to change that by politicizing and liberalizing the military by repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) law and his henchmen are Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen.

We used to be able to rely on the military as being the one truly apolitical American institution that was only focused on defending the United States and not advancing some social agenda. Not anymore with Gates and Mullen in charge. With their push to repeal DADT, they now bring Obama liberal-style Chicago politics to the Department of Defense. The current victim of this is Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, who was publically denounced on March 25th at a public Pentagon press conference by Gates and Mullen. What was Lt. Gen. Mixon’s crime? According to Secretary Gates it was “inappropriate” to have publicly aired his feelings about the president’s desire to overturn the current don’t ask don’t tell policy. Admiral Mullen said “If there’s policy direction that someone in uniform disagrees with … the answer is not advocacy, it is in fact to vote with your feet.”

That’s very hypocritical and cynical since in the past they have let others critical of DADT speak out such as when Air Force Col. Om Prakash wrote a strong anti-DADT article in Joint Force Quarterly. Back then Mullen said it was ok because he wanted open debate. Admiral Mullen himself is the one who was inappropriate and should walk with his feet when he went against the military apolitical tradition and started pushing and advocating his personal views on DADT. Remember, DADT is the law and therefore the official policy of the military. Mullen however did not respect that. He started a big advocacy push last February at the Senate Armed Services Committee when he said it was his “personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.” Then he tweeted “Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do.” He also put a statement on the Pentagon’s Web site and on his own blog. That is about as public and activist as you can get.

So when Lt. Gen Mixon wrote his short letter to the editor in Stars and Stripes, he was just one of many officers who wrote their opinion. Stars and Stripes is supposed to be a daily newspaper published for the U.S. military free of control and censorship. That is unless you say something contrary to what Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen want. Lt. Gen Mixon is a hero for saying it is important to “stop this ill-advised repeal of a policy that has achieved a balance between a citizen’s desire to serve and acceptable conduct.” He did not mention Obama or Gates or Mullen. Lt. Gen Mixon is right about DADT. DADT is not about whom you are but what you do. In the military lives are at stake and you must have military members with the highest possible moral and ethical conduct. That is why all sorts of immoral and detrimental conduct is not allowed in the military such as homosexuality, adultery, illegal drugs, bigamy, prostitution and many others. It is why you give up certain civilian freedoms and why DADT should not be repealed.

But Obama does not care about a strong military, what Obama cares about is a politically correct military. To do that he has to make it more political, civilian and liberal in nature and that is why he needs Gates and Mullen to do his dirty work. Repealing DADT would only be the first step, then comes repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay partner military benefits and so on. Even now Obama is subverting current law by having Gates and Mullen relax the current DADT rules. His next step is the rigged Pentagon commission, which is set to report in December, avoiding a campaign issue for November.

So the fix is in and the way to ensure the fix stays in is to mislead the American people. So Obama Chicago politics comes in to muzzle, destroy and discredit any current or retired military that have dissenting opinions. He uses Gates and Mullen to be his enforcers to crush and destroy anyone in the military who disagrees and therefore Lt. Gen. Mixon must be destroyed to set an example. Then the rigged Pentagon commission will come out with its findings and we are on our way to the liberals slowly taking over and destroying the U.S. military. It is a shame that Gates and Mullen sense of duty is more for Obama than it is for the American people and the men and women who serve underneath them.

Darin Selnick is an independent consultant and former director of Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives within the Department of Veterans Affairs.