The Shame of the U.S. Senate
By Chuck Coulson.
I have what some might consider the macabre habit of reading the
casualty reports from Iraq every day in the New York Times. This may
reflect the fact that I served in the military or that I worked in the
White House during Vietnam.
But there's one name that hasn't yet appeared in the casualty reports:
the name of General Peter Pace, the first Marine-and I say this with
pride as a former Marine-to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Why am I looking for Pace's name on the casualty list? His distinguished
military career was recently ended by the crudest kind of politics.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared Pace, a four-star Marine
general with 48 military decorations on his chest, to be "incompetent."
What incredible effrontery. Reid-who never wore the uniform-could have
said he didn't agree with Pace's decisions or with the politically
unpopular war in Iraq. He could have said he disliked the way Pace
executed his responsibilities in advising the President.
This kind of public disparagement of a military hero is disgraceful.
But Pace's career didn't end merely because of Reid's shoddy remarks.
Pace, a faithful Catholic, also offended the secular God of Tolerance.
He had the audacity to say that he believed sex outside of marriage was
wrong, whether homosexual or heterosexual.
The New York Times instantly declared him a bigot. The rest of the media
pack followed suit; few defended him. We are in real trouble, folks, if
America's number one military officer cannot defend the proposition that
the military should exemplify high moral standards.
President Bush decided not t o send Pace's nomination up for the
customary second term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Why not? Not
because Peter Pace is incompetent; he was, after all, roundly commended
by the President and Defense Secretary Gates.
Gates recommended against Pace's re-nomination, and the President
agreed, because his confirmation would have been subjected to Senate
hearings-hearings that would have been grossly politicized.
Can you see the general sitting before a battery of senators
cross-examining him, in front of the cameras, on whether he
discriminated against homosexuals? Imagine the members of the Armed
Services Committee-most of whom never served in the military-grilling
Pace on whether his Catholic faith influenced his standards of prudery.
At least two presidential candidates serve on this committee. The
hearings would have been a political circus.
It would also have been open season on second-guessing the war at the
very moment o ur troops are in an offensive posture, chasing al Qaeda.
The television reports, which our troops in the field see online, would
have shown our so-called leaders berating the military and calling the
cause in Iraq futile. They would have been demoralizing, to say the
But to our Senate leaders, the welfare of our soldiers is secondary to
worshipping the secular god of Tolerance and raw politics; thus they
have in effect drummed out of the military one of the most honorable
public servants I've ever known.
We should mourn the fact that we have lost the services of this
decorated and principled man. And we should mourn the loss of honor,
duty, and common decency among our nation's leaders.
P.S. Pardon my vulgarity, but Harry Reid wouldn't make a pimple on a
good Marine's ass!
Courtesy: Eng. Charles Coffee.