It seems that the Air Force is on the forefront of building a politically correct military arm. They’ve been active in a number of areas over past few years, coincidentally tracking with the years our current President has been in office. For instance…
The commanding officer of the 3rd Air Force, Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, is under assault by a hodgepodge of liberal advocacy groups after making a difficult decision to overturn a rape conviction.
It has been reported with some controversy that a patrol under Lt. Gen. Franklin’s 3rd Air Force, EUCOM CIF, was on standby to respond to the attack on the Benghazi consulate if the Obama administration had dispatched them. Now the commander is under intense fire from many liberal law makers and activist groups.
Franklin dismissed charges against Lt. Col. James Wilkerson after Wilkerson was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a civilian contractor in a military tribunal. Franklin justified the pardon based on the shaky and inconsistent testimony of the accuser, Kimberly Hanks. Lt. Col Wilkinson was then reinstated and now serves at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
General Franklin was fully within his rights under the UCMJ, so the politically correct – including Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-M.O.), MSNBC host Lawrence McDonnell, the Daily Kos, and Protect Our Defenders – so they’re going after him AND the UCMJ.
Then there’s the Air Force Academy’s war on Christmas.
The U.S. Air Force Academy has pulled out of a Christian-sponsored children’s toy drive after commanders were accused of religious intolerance.
Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate who runs the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the academy’s participation in Operation Christmas Child is inappropriate because of its evangelical Christian roots.
Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham — the son of evangelist Billy Graham. It packs toys and other items into shoe boxes and sends them to needy children around the world, along with a Christian message in each gift.
“This is arrogance beyond measure,” Weinstein told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
I absolutely agree with Weinstein about arrogance beyond measure. Only the arrogance is his not the AF Academy or Operation Christmas Child.
They’re still at it, seems like the Christmas Warriors never tire. This year’s attack is on Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week.
Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening.
Loebe thanked the Air Force for taking the Nativity scene down quickly.
“Within 2 hours and 15 minutes of initially being contacted by MRFF, the nativity scene had been promptly removed,” Loebe’s statement read. “MRFF wants to congratulate the Air Force on acting so swiftly to reverse this egregious violation and hopes that in the future they will ensure that no such violations continue to occur.”
That’s a real turnaround. If only our modern Air Force had been able to get to Benghazi in two hours and fifteen minutes.