UPDATE, 2:30 P.M.: Last night a guest on The O’Reilly Factor reported that the Army had decided to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. This morning, NBC confirmed this report on the air, citing “senior defense officials.” Since then, the Army has pushed back against these reports. A spokesman for the command responsible for prosecuting Bergdahl told the Military Times that “no decision’s been made.”
Last night a guest on the O’Reilly Factor, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer, broke the story that the Army had decided to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. He also said that there was a “titanic struggle” shaping up behind the scenes, because the White House opposed the decision. This didn’t make a great deal of sense, inasmuch as the fact that the decision to charge Bergdahl had been made indicated that any such “titanic struggle” was not “shaping up” but was over. Indeed, NBC confirmed this morning that Bergdahl has been charged.
So it appears that whatever struggle there was has been lost by the White House. Shaffer fingered the execrable Ben Rhodes as the “point man” for squelching the Bergdahl prosecution, an assertion that should surprise no one. (Discussion question: Has anyone done more harm to American national security in the past seven years than Ben Rhodes?)
The popularity of Clint Eastwood’s new drama ‘American Sniper’ has boosted the sales of pro-military clothing. A number of pro-military retailers said they had seen a noticeable spike in sales since the movie premiered across the country last weekend. One retailer had even seen his orders more than double.
Even among those who disagree about the issue of opening ground combat arms jobs to women in the military, I have found that there is a general consensus on one key point: That physical standards should not be lowered in pursuit of ‘gender’ integration. Weakening standards in the pursuit of social justice would endanger troops and render meaningless the accomplishment of those women who would potentially serve in ground combat units. In a way, this consensus is very American: Equality of opportunity and a fair shot for all. Keep the standards high, as they’ve always been, and let the chips fall where they may.
The Department of Defense disagrees.
This may seem shocking, but consider the following Defense News interview with Juliet Beyler, director of officer and enlisted personnel management for the DOD and a retired Marine officer.