“That nation is surest to live in peace, that is most capable of making war; and a man with a sword always by his side, shall have least occasion to make use of it.” ~ John Trenchard
“Decline is a choice.” ~ Victor Davis Hanson
Our current Secretary of Defense is apparently no supporter of the armed warrior concept, and is thus a real disappointment to those of us who are.
When visiting troops deployed on our southern border today, he said:
“Troops are only there in an engineering capacity and will be laying out barbed-wire fences. Troops doing that obviously are not armed. They don’t need their weapons.”
Obviously? Don’t need weapons? He is betting their very lives on that casual, and naive, assumption.
Dead troopers during the Ft Hood massacre were also assured that they “didn’t need weapons.”
Curious that in 2018, when civilians are arming-up and routinely going armed in “rear areas,” our soldiers deployed to front lines, an extremely dangerous border, are by order, defenseless.
Will it take yet another pitiable massacre of our unarmed soldiers to demonstrate the naive foolishness of this doctrine?
We’re proudly told of the magnificent weapons training these troopers have received. Who are more qualified to bear arms than these?
And yet, and yet:
They are still not trusted with guns, even when deployed to extremely dangerous areas.
Our enemies are laughing, and celebrating.