Some dope who writes for a website called the American Family Association, pontificates on the Medal of Honor, and how it’s become “feminized”.
The Feminization of the Medal of Honor
By Bryan Fischer
The Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so. He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one Soldier to safety, and then rescued the Sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms.
This is just the eighth Medal of Honor awarded during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt. Giunta is the only one who lived long enough to receive his medal in person.
But I have noticed a disturbing trend in the awarding of these medals, which few others seem to have recognized.
We have feminized the Medal of Honor.
According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one.
Gen. George Patton once famously said, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.”
When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements.
That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.
So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for Soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?
I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery. We know instinctively that we should honor courage, but shy away from honoring courage if it results in the taking of life rather than in just the saving of life. So we find it safe to honor those who throw themselves on a grenade to save their buddies.
……We rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades. It’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.
……Bryan Fischer is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association….
It seems Fischer read an article in the Wall Street Journal by Bill McGurn, and came to the conclusion that the Medal of Honor has been sissified.
……When we think of military heroism, we may think of Rambos decorated for great damage inflicted on the enemy. In fact, the opposite is true. Every Medal of Honor from these wars has been for an effort to save life. Even more telling, each specifically recognizes bravery that cannot be commanded.
The fact is, SSG Giunta killed an enemy Taliban and wounded another during his effort to save lives. That’s part of being a Soldier at war, especially under the conditions of which SSG Giunta fought.
In response to Fischer, one of the commenters mentioned that the term “feminize” is a “dog whistle for gay”, which is essentially what Fischer did in his diatribe. He insulted and denigrated the bravery of SGG Giunta, as well as the women who have fought and died in service to this country. Most of the people who commented on Fischer’s opinion piece, reminded him of that.
Soldiers like SGT Leigh Ann Hester would take an exception to Fischer’s mealy-mouthed “feminized” accusation, especially since she earned the Silver Star for bravery in action:
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16.
Hester’s squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20, 2005 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the “kill zone” and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.
When the fight was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.”
Or SPC Monica Brown, who also earned the Silver Star:
Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow Soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.
After the explosion, which wounded five Soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said.
“I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there,” Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.”
Very brave women who not only saved the lives of their fellow Soldiers, but KILLED the enemy.
Must be that “feminization” thing.
I’m not sure what possessed Fischer to write such a stupid piece of tripe. Maybe he spends too much time associating bravery with “masculinity”. Maybe he’s kinda disappointed that SSG Giunta didn’t take the time to castrate the son of a bitch after he killed him, so as not to “feminize” the Medal of Honor.
I left this comment on Fischer’s post:
“Feminized”. This must be another attempt on the part of a macho misogynist to imply that either (a) all women are sissies or (b) using “feminized” as a pejorative because McGurn left out the part of SSG Giunta’s MOH citation that reads:
“Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.”
FYI: I served for 30 (10 Reserve and 20 Active) years in the United States Army. I did two tours in Iraq “helping the enemy die for their country”. “Feminized”, as in the “sissy” vernacular, I ain’t.
Fischer, I’d love to give you what we call in the Army a “wall-to-wall counseling”. You’ve gotta be one of the biggest louts I’ve ever read.
Gawd spare us from idiots who worry that Medal of Honor recipients don’t kill enough of the enemy.
Related article from Bruce McQuain at Questions and Observations.