Military professionals from the Vietnam era scornfully refer to the “McNamara 100,000”—the often reluctant draftees for whom standards were lowered in order to provide the numbers the administration thought would win the war. Many officers from that time insist that the increase in drug use, lack of discipline and overall degrading of the force stemmed from this policy.
The all-volunteer force is supposed to solve that problem for us—and there is plenty of evidence that the United States military man for man has never been a more effective, disciplined fighting force.
Exhibit One that standards may be slipping after 9 years of war: PFC Nasser Abdo. Apparently, he’s so stupid that a year ago, he had no idea that the United States Army was in combat operations in Muslim countries.
Al Jazeera, of course, jumped all over the story holding Abdo up as a heroic figure.
PFC NASSER ABDO “I don’t believe I can involve myself in an army that wages war against Muslims. I don’t believe I could sleep at night if I take part, in any way, in the killing of a Muslim.”
And of course, CNN had to follow suit with a nearly just as sympathetic interview in which Abdo expanded his justification by a country mile:
ABDO: “I don’t think Islam allows me to operate in any kind of warfare at all.
Sounds like somebody’s lawyer told him conscientious objector status wouldn’t be granted to someone who was that selective…
But it’s more likely that Abdo just didn’t want to get shot.
ABDO on CNN: I really didn’t think it would be a problem… As the time came near to deployment I started to really ask myself and to take the question more seriously… whether I was really meant to go to war.
Hmmm. I bet some guys wondered that same thing as the landing craft approached Omaha Beach.
Like every other coward who has tried to avoid combat after hoping he could get an Army paycheck without it, Abdo has a justification. He has come to the conclusion that he is prohibited from killing other Muslims—note that those are the ONLY people he says he is prohibited from killing…