Consorting with the Enemy

Today we honor service members who paid the ultimate price. But logically, not all service members are heroes. If they were and the standard was that high, then none would be heroes as heroism is defined by actions above and beyond the standard. After his service, a man whose actions are so below the standard he is consorting with the enemy he once fought is Dem presidential primary contender Pete Buttigieg.

We will set aside for the moment the myriad policy and ideological reasons that the South Bend, Indiana mayor should not be president. Though they are legion. What is expressly obscene this Memorial Day is how he is using the plight of his fellow vets to try to pathetically score political points off President Trump.

The president is currently looking at several cases of fighting men who have been unfairly prosecuted for combat actions and who now languish in military prisons. Two of the most egregious cases are of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher and Army Major Matthew Golsteyn. In Gallagher’s case the military prosecution rigged the case by unethically monitoring his communications during the trial. Golsteyn killed a Taliban bombmaker. President Trump may be considering pardons for both.

But Buttigieg instead wants their heads.

He wants to stick it to them because their cases dare interrupt the driving home of his false narrative that this president is somehow anti-military because he did not serve in uniform. Buttigieg’s climb up the greasy pole of politics is not well served by these two men getting justice. So he will swallow whatever loyalty he once had to the uniform and impale them on his own ambition. He will nail them to secure the pearly rewards of political prominence.

He claims that merely looking over their cases will assuredly set free murderers, send the wrong message, and will damage the nation’s “legal and moral foundations.” He says it all by constantly again invoking Trump’s lack of military service.

What Buttigieg seems to have forgotten, and I say this as a veteran, is that if we hold morally compromised everyone who did not serve in uniform then we hold the vast majority of America in disdain. He also does not recall that one of the results of service is to protect people who are not serving. Thus in his lame attempt to trash the president he reveals his own views about most of America and its people. This attitude is typical of this leftist pseudo-elitist and the rest of his party. By the way, I must have missed his vicious personal criticism of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for also not serving. Maybe he left that speech in his other suit.

By obvious sophistry he tries to frame his argument into a defense of troops in combat by stating that the failure to jail Gallagher and Golsteyn will send a telegram to America that all our troops are wild-eyed killers.

Uh, no.

But you know who started that trope fifty years ago? Who spat on troops and gave aid and succor to an enemy in combat with Americans? The members and leaders of the same party that the good mayor belongs to. Apparently they haven’t changed their ways. Yes, they’ve dressed up this twee pied piper in different clothing. However, the song remains the same.

It’s the old tune of betrayal and consorting with America’s enemies. Those enemies also want these American fighting men in chains to send their own message to our troops. That message is: why fight? If you do your own leaders will shoot you in the back. It is a melody we would expect from the Taliban or Tehran.

Sadly today, it is no surprise it comes from yet another Democrat.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and has been published in LifeZette. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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