One of the drearier tasks in any Conservative blogger’s life is perusing the Left’s house organs (and that last term is pregnant with meaning) in search of grist for articles and posts. The musings of these strange, sad and palpably small people reliably evokes certain reactions – trending towards amused contempt and incredulity – but only rarely does one actually feel the urge to deliver a Moe Howard upside someone’s head.
With his execrable article in today’s Washington Post — Marine Corps commandant has to go — Richard Cohen has achieved this rarified status.
Cohen, whose knowledge of the military appears limited to being “a fan of the old World War II movies,” has decided that Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps Commandant, “must go” for having had the temerity to express misgivings over the repeal of DADT.
[Gen. Amos] was particularly concerned about combat situations where, he thought, gays might be “a distraction.” “Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines’ lives,” Amos said. This was not the first time the general had expressed his doubts. Earlier, he had talked about what might happen when his Marines were “laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers. I don’t know what the effect of that will be on cohesion. I mean, that’s what we’re looking at. It’s unit cohesion. It’s combat effectiveness.”
In an eye-popping, but unfortunately characteristic, spasm of illogic Cohen concedes the General’s point then attempts to make the case that he should be fired for making it.
It’s easy to dismiss Amos, but his concerns fall within the realm of possibility. … Sooner or later, a certain amount of unacceptable harassment will occur, abuses will be committed and, more innocently, plain hooking up is going to happen. We know this.
But we know also that this can be managed – contained, limited. It takes education. It takes training. It takes leadership. [Emphasis mine.]
So relax everyone, the decorated Marine Commandant with 40 years operational and staff experience is worried about the lives of the men and women under his command, but Cohen, who has seen The Sands of Iwo Jima fourteen times, assures us it can all be managed.