F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines

Week of:
April 16, 2000
You Wonder Why Morale's So Bad?!!!

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

"A recent Pentagon-sanctioned survey of Army and Marine Corps personnel found that only 35 percent believe what their service leaders are telling them."

"Our nation's armed services are suffering from a crisis of trust, which jeopardizes our security," reports Robert Maginnis of the Family Research Council. "Recently," he remarks, "service personnel at 38 different command locations were ordered to complete confidential surveys about their understanding" of the ambivalent policy toward homosexuals in the military -- and face "special discipline" for dissing deviants.

In addition to its flawed policy on perverts, the Pentagon's radical feminist agenda is also "undermining trust. In 1994, the Clinton Pentagon removed exemptions for women in 250,000 combat-related positions," Maginnis recalls. "A recent Pentagon-sponsored survey found that only seven percent of male officers believe sex integration has improved readiness, and two thirds of young soldiers don't believe women will pull their own load in combat."

Maginnis cites the anthrax vaccination program as "another example of broken trust. A growing number of service members face punishment because they don't believe their leaders are telling the truth about the side effects associated with the mandatory vaccination program," he comments. "The trust problem goes beyond social experiments and an ailing medical system," Maginnis insists. "Most personnel believe their units lack the necessary equipment to accom- plish assigned missions, and 66 percent say they are stressed out from high deployment rates."

Maginnis charges that "the federal budget has been balanced primarily from military downsizing and robbing the services of modernization and readiness funds. Meanwhile," he asserts, "the world today is arguably more dangerous than during the Cold War. The best and the brightest [of our soldiers] will continue to leave," Maginnis warns, "primarily because they no longer trust the military's civilian and politically-correct uniformed leaders. What's left," he predicts, "will be a dispirited and shrinking armed service racked by political correctness and assigned missions that have little to do with defending this nation's vital interests."

Grievous though they are, these profiles in perfidy pale when compared to the century-long betrayal of our fighting men chronicled in John M.G. Brown's thousand-page blockbuster, Moscow Bound ($40 post-paid, Veteran Press, Box 30, Petrolia CA 95558). The best documented, most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of American soldiers held in Soviet captivity from 1918 onward, Moscow Bound is the product of a painstaking, ten-year investigation that extended from CIA, White House, State Department, and Pentagon offices to military and intelligence files in the National Archives, and to hearing rooms of the U.S. Congress. Moscow Bound establishes irrefutably that the withholding of U.S. prison- ers of war by Lenin and Stalin following two world wars was kept secret from the American public to avoid prolonged hostilities. Thousands more American soldiers were held captive following the Korean War, and their fate was also covered up, ostensibly for fear of provoking a confrontation between the two nuclear superpowers. By the end of the Vietnam War, the pattern was established. Intelligence information on American POWs held in North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union remained "classified."