A Contemptuous Regime: How Words Matter

I have no idea how the court martial being filed against Bowe Bergdahl is going to turn out. The U.S. Army obviously feels that they have enough of a case against him to try the man, even after the Obama administration lauded him for his courage and honor. That situation, and a host of others, makes you wonder, though, if the current administration understands or cares about the young men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedoms and our country or if they define courage and honor like those of us who have served.

It has been almost a year since Susan Rice said Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction” after he was traded for the five terrorists. Even with questions coming from his unit and others in the military, she maintained that Bergdahl had acted in the proper manner. “I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this,” Rice said to CNN “But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing.”

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The problem I had with that statement then is the same problem I have with it now. Not everyone who puts on the uniform and serves in the armed forces does so for an honorable reason. If they did, we would never have had the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, Bradley Manning’s leaking of confidential material to WikiLeaks, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and so many, many others.

To these politicians, though, ‘honor and distinction’ are just words to use to get what they want. They don’t have any deeper meaning. If General Schwarzkopf had said that Bergdahl had acted with honor and distinction, veterans would have understood – unequivocally – what he meant. But when a politician says it, you look to see what they are selling you. For politicians, words are just tools to get you to buy what they are selling. There is no more truth behind them than behind the bluster of a used car salesman. The only thing that matters is that you buy.

I wish I knew of a way to make their words matter. I am one vote among millions and what is important to me may not be to many in this country. I am concerned with a strong military more than a strong illegal alien population. I want energy independence more than I want the government to control nearly a third of the land area in the United States.

Of course, what I want and what I will get are two different things. The way this regime speaks, though, I’m sure they will call it the same thing.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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