By Thomas Madison
Whooda’ ever thunk that our manly, testosterone-charged Army would become just another politically correct wasteland, full of leftists of every stripe?
Certainly not me! As an old soldier, I take pride in the fact that I served under Ronald Reagan, and even though political correctness had a place even in those days, it couldn’t compare to the in-your-face direct assault we are witness to every day from feminists, environmentalists, socialists, and politicians like Al Gore, who believe they can milk a nickel from every liberal cause.
Now, of all the organizations, the uber-masculine United States Army, is succumbing to the forceful direction of its leftist civilian masters.
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The Army’s newest cause du jour? Climate change. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. I am aching for my brothers and sisters in uniform who are being forced to promote this stupidity.
From The Washington Times
The U.S. Army on Thursday pledged to honor “Earth Day” by “reasserting its pledge to address the implications of climate change and assess associated risks to national security.”
In a special message to soldiers, the Army, which faces deep cuts in the ranks of active duty soldiers, said it is focused on “the role the land plays in ensuring the Army remains ready and resilient.”
It urges soldiers to celebrate Earth Day on Friday. The Army also made Earth Day its “focus quote of the day.”
“As our Army celebrates Earth Day 2016, please join us in protecting the environment, enabling the Soldiers’ readiness and securing the environmental future for our citizens and our nation. We encourage everyone to join in these efforts by learning more about the Army’s environmental initiatives. Every day around the world, you can make a difference. Army Strong!”
The message also said, “The Army continues to seek and employ technological innovations and energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change,” the statement said. “TheArmy is committed to leading the way in reducing energy consumption, repurposing and recycling, and enhancing the resiliency of the installations through energy efficiency and renewable energy use.”
“The Army will ‘Acknowledge the Past’ by restoring Army lands and preserving cultural and historical resources. The Army will ‘Engage the Present’ by meeting environmental standards while also enabling Armyoperations as well as protecting Soldiers, Families and civilians. The Armywill ‘Chart the Future’ by bringing the best practices and technologies to bear.”
The statement was issued by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.
Earlier this year, the office of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent out a directive ordering commanders to incorporate climate change into every thing they do, from testing and buying weapons, to planning wars, to conducting exercises.
“The DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military,” says the memo, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience.”
The Obama administration ranks climate change as one of the biggest threats to national security.
The Army top brass testified at recent congressional budget hearings that it cannot fight a major war on the schedule called for in the national military strategy because of years of funding cuts.