re: "HuffPo’s Commentariat Damage Troop Morale"
"A large and influential portion of the next Commander-in-Chief’s base loaths the military.
That’s got to be a harsh reality to face for America’s Defenders. The election was a rejection of everything they have achieved, every sacrifice they have made. It’s beginning to look like 1974. We will probably cut & run and allow Baghdad and Kabul to fall next year just like we allowed Saigon to fall. Dumb ass civilians don’t know what that does to an army, to be forced to throw a fight. It destroys morale, esprit d’ corps, motivation, professionalism. Idealists are crushed. Bitter cynics with a fine contempt for the society they serve stay in. Everybody else bails. The wounds of 1975 were still very raw when I came on active duty in 1978. Jimmy Carter’s Army was a hollow force. Barack Obama’s Army may end up much worse off."
It's hard to credit that the incoming administration could be that stupid, all the way to the top. To put it in politically self-interested terms, it would have disastrous electoral consequences in plenty of time for the mid-term congressional elections and be political suicide in terms of a potential second term. After all, some 48 percent of voters cast ballots for the other guy this time around, the guy who didn't win.
"Cultural Revolutionaries must find a way to make openly displayed contempt for our country and its defenders socially unacceptable again."
Outside of places like Columbia University and UC-Berkeley (which means far too many of our institutions of higher learning) it's not only socially unacceptable, but hazardous to ones health to display open contempt for the military, even if some fairly outrageous displays of contempt for our country are permitted, since the received wisdom declares that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Just like adultery is the highest form of fidelity.