By Bryan Fischer
I have written before about the feminizing of the Medal of Honor, rehearsing the simple fact that we apparently have stopped awarding it for “take the hill” displays of valor and courage. We still quite correctly award it for bravery and gallantry in saving the lives of comrades-in-arms, but it seems military brass has lost its stomach for publicly honoring brave soldiers who kill the enemy in pursuit of a military objective.
While 80% of the MOHs in World War II were for “take the hill” actions of bravery, that number dropped to just under 50% in Korea, to about 25% in Vietnam, and to a flat zero in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Not one Medal of Honor has been awarded for such heroism in the 16 years we’ve been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I refuse to believe that that the explanation is that we just haven’t had one single, solitary soldier demonstrate uncommon valor in pursuit of a military objective in all that time. I’m quite sure it’s been demonstrated; an emasculated military just chooses not to recognize it.
For further evidence of the feminizing of the military – which will only accelerate now that flaming homosexuals will be allowed to serve out and proud – I give you Lt. Michael Behenna. Lt. Behenna killed a known al-Qaida operative in Iraq who had led an attack that killed members of Behenna’s squad.
While Behenna was escorting the enemy combatant, Muslim terrorist Ali Mansur, the nude Mansur lunged for Behenna’s weapon, at which point Behenna did what soldiers are supposed to do when the enemy attacks you: he shot him dead.
The only recognition Behenna got – get ready for this – was a 15-year sentence in Ft. Leavenworth,where he has been rotting for the last two years instead of being out there killing more bad guys. The army told him he had no “right of self-defense,” even though the shooting took place in a war zone. The army would not even allow expert forensic testimony that backed up Behenna’s version of events. If a prosecutor pulled a stunt like that in civilian court, he’d wind up being the one in prison.
According to WorldNetDaily, Herbert MacDonell, who heads the Laboratory for Forensic Science in Corning, N.Y., concluded that Behenna’s account of the shooting was supported by the evidence. But the prosecution – who had hired MacDonell in the first place – wouldn’t allow him to testify and didn’t even inform Behenna’s defense team of these exculpatory findings until after Behenna had been thrown in prison. That will get you disbarred and worse in any system of law in which simple justice is the highest priority.
Said MacDonell, “I am sure that had I testified … the jury could have had the option of considering how well the defendant’s story fit the physical facts.”
The Clemency Board flatly denied Behenna’s request for a reduced sentence, despite the exculpatory evidence and despite the fact that his sentence is 50 percent longer than the stiffest sentence given to any soldier convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. And despite the fact that his appeal for clemency was supported by the governor of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma attorney general, and the entire Oklahoma congressional delegation.
You want to know one of the reasons why we have so little to show for our efforts in Iraq and why Afghanistan is turning into Obama’s Vietnam, what happened to Behenna is it. Instead of honoring soldiers who kill the enemy, even in self-defense, we are punishing them. The kind of action that used to get you the Medal of Honor will get you locked up today.
Sadly, all that will probably be just fine with the new pretty-in-pink military President Obama, the Democrats, and eight turncoat Republicans just gave us.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)
Self-Educated American contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.