Shame on the 20 or so American soldiers who abused, or rather humiliated
Iraqi prisoners. What is truly ironic is that in New York City,
there are many UN officials who are paying East Side women in brownstones
upwards of $500 an hour to be put on a leash or have women's underwear
placed over their heads.
Overwhelmingly, the world has not focused quite as much on the
terrorism directed against the soldiers or the kidnapping of civilians.
Instead, they obsess over the 20 miscreants, while disregarding
the 134,980 soldiers who have behaved admirably, fought valiantly
and are true heroes.
Who is really to blame for these Spring Break-like, fraternity
pranks at Abu Ghraib prison? If we must jail someone besides the
actual culprits, we should begin by prosecuting Bill Clinton, Ted
Kennedy and Carl Levin, whose politically correct views and legislation
transcended reason and changed the American military by ending "combat
exclusion for women."
These so called "progressives" now realize the consequences
of their grave errors and fear retribution. Therefore, they are
shifting the blame for their ridiculous actions onto Donald Rumsfeld
and other defense department officials for the indiscretions of
a few soldiers.
Remember the congressional mantra, "Women are as capable as
men in the military." What did not matter at all to many senators
and congress people who voted for this policy was the simple fact
that so many highly experienced military leaders were against a
co-ed fighting force. Why should sophisticated, elite university-educated
elected officials listen to the likes of Norman Schwarzkopf, John
Shalikashvilli or Colin Powell on such an important issue?
What the liberal establishment in Congress forgot to take into
account were the consequences of putting healthy, hormonally-challenged
young men and women together, thousands of miles from their homes,
girlfriends, boyfriends and families. Even Israel, which has the
world's most successful mixed-gender military, keeps women away
from men in the theater of operations. Israeli women soldiers were
nowhere to be found on the battlefields of Lebanon, Egypt, Syria
or Jordan, and that was one reason for Israel's great successes.
The military is not the place for social experimentation. Do you
hear that, Teddy boy! The same Ted Kennedy, of Chappaquidick fame,
refuses to acknowledge the power of sex. Did any rational elected
official truly expect perfect behavior when bringing together healthy,
red-blooded men and women in their late teens, 20's and 30's to
a foreign land.
Just check out the French Riviera, Club Med and the Bahamas. Turn
on MTV and you will see very clearly the true nature of young men
when they are around women away from home. Only the likes of Tom
Harkin, Charlie Rangel, Chuck Schumer, the late Paul Wellstone,
Hillary Clinton et al. could expect 50 push ups a day and jogging
at 5:00am to overcome this basic human instinct.
The military is an extremely difficult environment with one major
purpose. To win at all costs. When Congress decided to make it into
a laboratory for testing new feminist theories, disaster should
have been expected, as we now see.
Our politicians are totally out of touch with America. The "outrage"
in Congress showed ignorance of common sense and human behavior.
Yet most Americans are not at all surprised. We are embarrassed
as we would be if our own children misbehaved; but certainly not
The soldiers' mission is catching the bad guys and terrorists who
are out to kill or blow them up, yet they are expected to treat
the captured enemy fighters like diplomats. Americans risk their
lives and money to free a people from an evil despot, and they are
spat upon and confronted by curses in the streets of Baghdad. Talk
about being ungrateful; and yet our men and women should react like
robots without any emotion. Wake up Ted Kennedy!
War is horror. We cannot expect to fight a war like a congressional
battle--cleanly; especially when the enemy is more vile than the
Nazis. This is not only a war with Iraq. That is simply one battleground
where the terrorist enemies are using every available tactic including
out of proportion media lies about our forces. They must resort
to this strategy because they cannot possibly win an actual physical
This is a war for the future of civilization. If we allow the immoral
parts of the Muslim world, Europe and Scandinavia to make up their
own rules and criticize the good guys--US, then we endanger everything.
Our enemies know that if they lose in Iraq, in all likelihood, they
will lose it all. That is why they will do anything in their power,
including partnering with Ted Kennedy.
Irwin N. Graulich is a well known motivational speaker on morality,
ethics, religion and politics. He is also President and CEO of a
leading marketing, branding and communications company in New York
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