By: Mike McDaniel If there was ever an example of how utterly and deeply the media fail to understand our military and the Americans that willingly join it, I’m not sure what it might be. The Free Beacon explains:
“Secretary of Defense James Mattis received media criticism this week after commending Navy sailors in a speech earlier in the month for not being ‘pussies.’
‘You will have some of the best days of your life and some of the worst days of your life in the U.S. Navy, you know what I mean?’ Mattis told sailors at Naval Base Kitsap, Washington, according to the official transcript. ‘That means you’re living.’
‘That means you’re not some pussy sitting on the sidelines, you know what I mean, kind of sitting there saying, ‘Well, I should have done something with my life,’ he continued.
The self-imagined elite at NBC exploded in horror, and so did those at Newsweek:
“Donald Trump’s secretary of defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis appeared to suggest those who did not serve the country were ‘a bunch of pussies,’ read the lede.”
Yes he did, you simpering media pussies. There is much more to it, not that people who would never serve, and who believe them selves intellectually and morally superior to those that do could understand that, or speak honestly of it if they did.
Gen. Mattis, like all good commanders, was being encouraging, helping those sailors recharge their dedication and courage. He, like they, understand they will learn and know things unimaginable to those that never serve, and yes he was suggesting those that chose not to serve were not on the same level as those that did. His comments were also meant to instill a sense of pride, dedication to duty and honor achievable only in the profession of arms.
In an earlier time, men unable or unwilling to serve paid not only a social price in the disdain of society, they commonly found themselves wanting. They did not consider themselves the equal of men that did fight, particularly those that enlisted.
Then came Vietnam, where it became, if not manly, cool and radical chic to avoid service by any means necessary. Then came faux-men like John Kerry who actively denigrated those that serve by quipping:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Kerry, who did his best to dishonor our military at every turn, apparently didn’t know—or care—that no one reaches even the medium officer ranks in our military without advanced degrees, and the same is true to a lesser degree for NCOs.
When one considers the truly heroic contributions of American women like Leigh Ann Hester and Monica Lin Brown, Silver Star winners, and Kimberly “Killer Chick” Campbell, a Distinguished Flying Cross Winner, if honest, could come to no other conclusion but that Gen. Mattis is, if anything, understating the case. Their courage, skill and dedication to duty puts most men to shame. By comparison, those that that have never served are indeed pussies, unlike Hester, Brown and Campbell.
One of my favorite high school stories is that of one of my favorite students, a fierce 5’ nothing girl in ROTC, who, in training, wrestled a much larger boy into submission and exclaimed in disgust: “OK. It’s official. You’re a pussy.” She, and General Mattis, meant someone weak, untrained, incapable. Neither were in any way denigrating women. In her case, the boy took her words to heart, cowboyed up, and became much stronger and more capable, which was her intent. I’m sure General Mattis had the same intentions.
General Mattis certainly knows the nuances of life, but he realizes too what those that have not served know: there must be rough men, and now, women, that stand ready to do violence on behalf of those that do not and cannot, that they may sleep safely in their beds at night. In the ranks of those men and women, under President Trump and General Mattis, there is no longer room for pussies, for people focused on anything less than lethally and quickly destroying America’s enemies.
NBC and the rest of the media can whine all they want about hurt feelings, but to General Mattis, to me, to my precious and fierce little female student, and to millions of other honorable Americans, they’re all pussies. Oh, and there will be no apologies. Deal with it, pussy.
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