Daniel Davis writes about US Vice-President Mike Pence's Memorial Day address in next terms:
Memorial Day. It was designed to be a somber remembrance of the pain and loss suffered by those made the ultimate sacrifice for the security of the nation. Now, however, it seems it’s becoming more a celebration of combat.On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence told the graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy that the world is “a dangerous place” and that future combat isn’t a possibility, but a near-sure deal. “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” he said. “It will happen.” With all due respect to the Vice President, I find these statements and underlying mentality disturbing. The Commander in Chief’s number one priority is to keep our citizens safe—but his sacred duty to the men and women who wear the uniform is to consider their lives as the most precious commodity our country produces.
Well, yes, Lieutenant Colonel, you assess Mike Pence's, indeed, disturbing mentality as a military professional and, which shines through your writings, an American patriot. But you miss the point. From Mike Pence point of view--there is nothing disturbing about what he states. In fact, what he states is a normal, fully organic and natural thing for people like Mike Pence. Let us open his biography, it speaks volumes.
Pence graduated from Columbus North High School in 1977. He earned a BA degree in history from Hanover College in 1981, and a JD degree from the Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1986. While at Hanover, Pence joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, where he became the chapter president. After graduating from Hanover, Pence was an admissions counselor at the college from 1981 to 1983. In his childhood and early adulthood, Pence was a Roman Catholic and a Democrat. He volunteered for the Bartholomew County Democratic Party in 1976 and voted for Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election, and has stated that he was originally inspired to get involved in politics by people such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. While in college, Pence became an evangelical, born-again Christian, to the great disappointment of his mother. His political views also started shifting to the right during this time in his life, something which Pence attributes to the "common-sense conservatism of Ronald Reagan" that he began to identify with.After graduating from law school in 1986, Pence was an attorney in private practice. He ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in 1988 and in 1990. In 1991, he became the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a self-described free-market think tank and a member of the State Policy Network, a position he held until 1993.
This is a biography of a colorless lawyer who slowly migrated from Roman Catholicism to "born-again" allegedly "Christianity", which is a euphemism for being a Christian Zionist and a neocon--a precise strata of American society who, together with a number Israeli and Gulfies' influence groups, make sure that US is Israel's (and sometimes Saudi's) stooge and fights wars on behalf of those in the Middle East. As we can see, Mike Pence doesn't know (as doesn't his President) shit from shinola in anything war related. This is NORMAL for D.C. bureaucracies, and especially those parts which are vehemently pro-Israel. In this case, Pence, must make sure that his son is sent to combat zone together with West Point's graduates and takes part in those promised battles. Fact is, it would have been really good to send Mike Pence himself to spend couple months at some FOB in Afghanistan and experience all pleasures of said combat. After all, he is second in the chain of command of the United States and should have his leadership qualities honed in real conditions, before sending someone's sons and daughters to die for Israel or Saudis. No? Well, too bad. It is such a pity that most militarily aggressive nation since 1993 is continuously led by pathetic mediocrities who are good only for private law practice or real estate business and who never served a day in uniform.
I can totally understand Lt. Colonel Davis' plea, but it is in vain, as will be any attempt in trying to find any qualities which make a real man (not just a dick-bearer) in Donald Trump, Mike Pence or, for that matter, Bill Clinton or Barak Obama. US political top today is a combination of perverts, imbeciles and cowards who wouldn't last a day when and if faced with military realities. So, I get it:
You want to honor the memory of those who have sacrificed so much for this nation on Memorial Day? The best way to honor those who have fallen is to make sure their sacrifices prevent future generations from having to fight. A good first step towards that goal would be to stop boasting about how much combat our current generation of troops will see and start looking for non-lethal ways to foster and maintain peace.
But it will fall on deaf ears. Normal for these people is evil covered by the fig leaf of their perverted "faith"--it is the world of upside down being normal.