The United States Military Academy at West Point, our Nation’s premiere service academy, continues to undergo change and transformation the likes no military could ever withstand. Senior Officers are now under orders to provide “lactating stations and times” away from training (I guess even combat but I am only guessing on that matter), sensitivity training, conclusivity training and awareness classes, and other politically correct forums. I wonder if preparing cadets for combat leadership is still a priority; I wonder if learning to lead men into combat where there is no political correctness taking place is still an order of the day. The cadets graduating will become commissioned Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army, and are to be prepared to lead in combat where bullets and bombs do not seek political correctness, merely, to kill. Will they be prepared to lead? Will they be prepared to make the tough choices that sometimes have no fairness connected to them?
What the hell has West Point come to? The photo below depicts future military leaders. What I see are cadets who appear to be angry, defiant, and politically aware prepared to act on this political awareness. I don’t see the likes of a cadet George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and an Omar Bradley or more modern-day warriors who stood in the gap between the coming wolf and the sheep. I pray I’m wrong. I am, however, stunned at the photo below. I don’t see on these cadets’ faces, or in their carriage of self the dedication to “Duty, Honor, Country.” Again…I pray I am wrong. So very, very much depends on these cadets joining with honor and dedication to serve the “Long Gray Line” of West Pointers who have gone on before them and served gallantly, quietly, with courage and dignity, and even died for the nation they believed in and took an Oath of Commissioning to Serve and Protect against All enemies, foreign and domestic.
The United State Military Academy never condoned racism. Our Nation has spent decades toiling to right the wrong of racism and bigotry. The change and transformation we have been witnessing these past seven and a half years has crippled much of the previous success in correcting these heinous wrongs. New wounds have been sliced with old wounds and scars reopened. Enough! The cadets and midshipman of our service academies represent our best and brightest, a real hope for our country’s future, and insurance for our country’s values, ideals, traditions, culture, and beliefs to continue for future generations to enjoy and embrace. The photo of these cadets make me sad not glad; worried not assured for our future readiness to defend our country. Again…I pray I am wrong.
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