So, now the draft dodger president, who never served, has stuck his face into our armed forces' rules of order and discipline. (our military's original, first, Rules of Order and Discipline were written by LT GEN Friedrich Von Steuben, America's first Gay General, an immigrant, and patriotic volunteer in the Continental Army). The president imagines that pardoning people who have poisoned the reputation of honorable American service members will gain him the votes of racist 'patriots.' The big case in the news is about a Navy Seal Chief, that's an E7. The guy apparently got off by killing a tied up captive teenager with a knife and then committing the ultimate perversion of posing for a 'trophy' photo with the child's bloody dead body! WTF! SICK! What patriotic honorable veteran or service member would want to be led by fuck-up like that? Our NCOs are the backbone of our American armed forces. There have always been a few mean buttholes who got promoted; but the great majority of our senior NCOs are those who understand the immense task of being responsible for the safety and well being of their Troops, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Many are mentors both to those serving under their leadership as well as to younger Lieutenants learning what it takes to lead.
I should know, I was a Sgt First Class, E7, during and after Vietnam. Sure, I know how to curse like a sailor, but Never at my soldiers! I had to hide who I was, as a gay man, the whole time, ten years. If my people ever even suspected who I was I would have either been killed or reported on, interrogated and discharged in disgrace. I knew the rules, and I respected my troops, so they respected me. Simple as that. No, it wasn't easy; but I'm still proud as hell of my service all these years later. But, I am sick and disgusted that the president would 'honor' someone who disgraced our service and American values.
It is not surprising that the president would want to pardon and honor someone totally lacking in morality. It is someone exactly like him, of course. How could the president not admire a vicious child killer; considering that he himself ordered the caging and torture of little children stolen from their immigrant parents. He has dishonored everyone who ever served.
-Denny Meyer, fmr USN, SFC USAR