I concur wholeheartedly.

David French writing at The Corner at NRO:

This weekend’s New York Times Sunday Magazine contains a fascinating article that hits quite close to home for me. Centered around the story of a 25-year-old Marine who — despite horrific wounds — had the presence of mind and courage to scoop a live grenade under his body to save the lives of his comrades, the article asks a simple question: Why is the military awarding so few medals of honor? Are we less courageous now? Or is the military stifling valor awards in a labyrinthine bureaucracy dominated by rear echelon second-guessers? The numbers are stunning:

Despite its symbolic importance and educational role in military culture, the Medal of Honor has been awarded only six times for service in Iraq or Afghanistan. By contrast, 464 Medals of Honor were awarded for service during World War II, 133 during the Korean War and 246 during the Vietnam War. “From World War I through Vietnam,” The Army Times claimed in April 2009, “the rate of Medal of Honor recipients per 100,000 service members stayed between 2.3 (Korea) and 2.9 (World War II). But since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, only five Medals of Honor have been awarded, a rate of 0.1 per 100,000 — one in a million.”

Go read the whole thing.

Here’s why I don’t trust the Obama administration on national security.

John Brennan is the President’s top adviser on counter-terrorism issues. And he is the President’s fair-haired boy. Dennis Blair recently resigned as Director of National Intelligence largely because he lost a power struggle with John Brennan.

As the top adviser to the President, we would expect Brennan to be an expert on the issue of Islamic inspired terrorism.  Silly us.

No matter how many times terrorist organizations and individual terrorists tell us they were motivated by their religion, and insist they were doing the will of Allah, there’s always some idiot that is nuanced enough to know better than they what their true motivations are. In this case, Brennan is the idiot.

The president’s top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”

He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not “terrorism,” because terrorism is a “tactic,” and not terror, because terror is a “state of mind” — though Brennan’s title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word “terrorism” in it. But then Brennan said that the word “jihad” should not be applied either.

I’m not a Christian theologian, let alone an Islamic one. But the plain reading of the Qu’ran makes it clear that the terrorists that claim their actions are blessed under Jihad have a sounder theological leg to stand on than Brennan does:

Qur’an 9:005: So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

Qur’an 4:089: They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

There obviously are a huge number of Muslims that do hold the view that Jihad is an internal struggle. So what? Those aren’t the people we concern ourselves with. Because there is a significant number of Muslims that explicitly believe that Jihad is an armed struggle against the infidel, and the US in particular. If our top counter-terrorism official cannot even recognize what our enemy himself proudly proclaims as his motivation, how on earth can we expect him to have any insight into the tactics, techniques and procedures terrorists intend to use.

This goes further than Brennan being a woolly headed idiot. The President not only deliberately chose this idiot, he’s chosen to side with him repeatedly in the face of asinine public statements and sided with him in internal debates over the role of our intelligence agencies in the War on Terror. He’s Obama’s guy, so Obama owns his statements.

I’m all for a little nuance, and outreach to the world community. Better to make friends than enemies. But some people will never befriend us. And the willful blindness to this is going to cost American lives.

H/T: War News Updates

The Marines are on the Paul Anka integrity kick…

If you cheat on your land navigation course at The Basic School in the Marines, you get kicked out.

Thirteen junior officers were kicked out of the Marine Corps last week after officials uncovered widespread cheating on a land navigation exam.

All 13 were students at The Basic School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a six-month training course for newly commissioned officers. Eight men — including two former football players from the Naval Academy — and five women were administratively discharged May 20 for allegedly using cheat sheets last fall to help them locate boxes stashed in the woods aboard the base, Marine officials said. Two of the 13 officers were prior enlisted Marines.

The scandal came to light in September after instructors at the school, which teaches new officers how to lead infantry platoons, compared current answer sheets to those used on previous tests. They discovered that several of the Marines’ wrong answers matched correct answers from the old test, Col. George W. Smith Jr., TBS commander, told Marine Corps Times.

Just in case anyone wasn’t clear, I think this is terrific news. No, not news that people were cheating. That’s bad news, of course. But I am thrilled to see that the Marines are sticking to their guns, and upholding standards.  It’s one thing to be lousy at land navigation. You know, there’s 30 other guys in the platoon that can help you out.

But to lie, cheat or steal is a rubicon that no leader can cross.

HT: Lex

An email making the rounds.

I have no idea who wrote this, so I can’t give credit.

“THANK GOD FOR THE PRESIDENT”

1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine – driving a stake through the heart of Hillary’s Presidential aspirations -something that no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you!

2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and freedom are safer tonight!

3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race – quit
Evan Bayh had never lost a race – quit
Byron Dorgan had never lost a race – quit
Harry Reid – soon to be GONE
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010, dozens more will be gone.

In December of 2008, the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles, they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House, if not the Senate, back to the Republicans.

4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well.
Liberals tax, borrow, and spend – check
Liberals can’t bring themselves to protect America – check
Liberals want to take over the economy – check
Liberals think they know what is best for everyone – check
Liberals aren’t happy until they are running YOUR life – check

5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year, he has rejuvenated the conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom-loving Americans. Name one other time in your life when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!

6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law-abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a “stimulus” to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore.

7. In all honesty, one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends and strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the greatness and wisdom of the American people was flat wrong.

8. When the American people wake up, no smooth-talking teleprompter reader can fool them!

Barack Obama is waking up America! Again, I want to say “Thank You Barack Obama! This is exactly the kind of change we desperately needed.”