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May 08, 2005

Oh, for god's sake...

If you're wondering what I think of the latest Air Force Academy food fight, the answer is, “Not much.”

Look, everybody, what the “Reverend” Lynn is fulminating about has as much basis in reality as Jesse Jaahcksonnn's rage against the Toyota racist machine. It's a shakedown, pure and simple. The only difference is what the accuser wants--Jesse just wanted to set up a protection payment racket for his front company, the Rainbow Coalition. With Lynn it's hard to tell…nobody's followed the money yet.

Anyway, having been a Cadet when Chapel was mandatory on Sunday (I also remember paying 25 cents for a gallon of gas), I'd be willing to bet the farm that ground truth is 99.9% of the Cadet Wing scratching their heads and saying to themselves, “Eh?”

The other .1% see big, black, hairy bats chasing them when no one else does. Then one of those thumbsuckers gets Pam Zubeck's ear and it's off to the races…again. Apparently, Pam scares the sh*t out of John Jumper and, apparently, the acting SecAF.

Now, for those of you who've never been to Service Academy, I can assure you that most (not all, but most) Cadets/Midshipmen are a little harder to intimidate than you might imagine, especially when it comes to stuff like core personal constructs. The “break them down to build them up” applies to most things (military customs and courtesies, teamwork, appearance, etc.) but not all…and any predatory proselytizing would generate a visceral response from the most “average” cadet and the race to his/her rescue by classmates and officers alike would be damn near unanimous. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but that's pretty much the way it is--you can be pulled through pretty small knotholes over the course of the 4 years, but there are some things that kids will say, “Like hell I will” to and they'll be backed to the hilt by the Wing.

Besides, with all the crap they've had to deal with lately vis-à-vis the girls (yeah, I said, “girls” GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Get over it.) does it make any sense to have this going on? USAFA Superintendent Lt Gen John Rosa's there for a reason…his predecessor was fired. Granted, that was a breathtaking example of political hackery, but the guy WAS fired. Think the current Academy administration would be sensitive to this kind of buffoonery? You betcha.

This stinks like a long-dead mackerel on a Florida pier in mid-July…fishy as hell…

My solution? Appoint Zell Miller as Air Force Secretary and sic his near-Churchillian ability to verbally smite the anti-American heathens on the political, academic and spiritual Left (See Matthews, Chris, one each, verbal ass-kicking victim at Republican National Convention)…and let the Zoo get on with business. A little tongue-in-cheek? Uh huh. But, at this point, someone has to stand up to the mendacious actions of a vocal but wholly disingenuous victimology industry aided by the rank unprofessionalism of today's MSM. A little Blue backbone is in order, too, methinks.

Update: Other thoughts on the subject:

Greyhawk has a letter from Buzz Patterson, former Cadet Group Commander.

Hugh Hewitt addresses it here.

Commander Salamander (Squid Extraordinaire) blogs it here and here.

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