A Rock and a Hard Place

A rock and a hard place.

I remember the first time I took the oath of enlistment. I was seventeen and very wet behind the ears. I knew about service because of my Dad and both grandfather’s experience in the World Wars. But as we repeated the words (inserting our own names at the appropriate place). I am not sure I understood the gravity of the oath.

“I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

I have previously talked about that day on the blog


From the original post: “I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

“The President is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Whether you like them or not, you are taking a solemn oath to obey their orders. In a civilized society, this is an important rule in order for the military to be able to perform its sworn duty and follow the Constitution.”

But what if he is wrong?

Watching the nightmare in Afghanistan unfold, it seems as if the Commander in Chief may have been in over his head. From all of the reporting that is emerging now, it seems like decisions were being made more on a political basis than on sound military practices. The goal to remove all military forces from Afghanistan before the September 11 twenty year anniversary seems like it was impacting the sound judgement of military leaders.

The results were predictable.

Chaos. Confusion. Betrayal. Death of our warriors.

What is next? The coming deaths of those people who played a key role in all that we did in Afghanistan? The death of Christians? The subjugation of women and children under a brutal regime for decades to come? The surrender of our principles to make a point.

All of this could have been prevented.

But there is a fatal flaw in the process. We assumed that the Commander in Chief that was selected by the American people would always be worthy of the title. We assumed he or she would always be able to rise to the task. We assumed that the person would listen to the experts and have a plan that was well thought out and supported by those experts.

August 26th 2021 has put that notion to rest for all time.

When we take that oath, there is a presumption that the Commander in Chief that we are supporting will always have our countries best interests at heart.

Why would any sane person willingly pledge their loyalty and service to someone who would do anything but preserve and protect the country and her interests? Why indeed. That really puts all of us that took the oath between a rock and a hard place.

The only question left now is will the United States ever overcome the shame inflicted on it by the 46th President?

Maybe just as importantly, what kind of hell has he unleashed on us because our enemies no longer fear that we will have the courage to respond to future attacks? Every despot on the planet has seen this betrayal and is planning for their moment in the sun.

Mister Mac

God bless our men and women in uniform. I grieve today for all that have been lost and for their families.

They deserved better. 

8 thoughts on “A Rock and a Hard Place

  1. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs “saw” an “insurrection” on Jan 6. I saw thousands of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and to petition their government for a redress of grievances. (An unfortunate riot did later erupt)
    The Chairman never “saw” that the Afghan army would break and run when deprived of USA support (air support and intelligence). Folks on the ground knew that the USA support provided a spine to the Afghan army.
    We have a problem, and it aint in Houston

  2. Sincere and relevant words to share. To get at the real root of the problem, we should be looking at all those who voted for him and have no sense of what it means to be a citizen of our great country.

  3. Bob All this preventable mess cannot be undone. We must find ways to stand up and face it. But, what can patriots legally do? Not much I am afraid! Love you both, ML

    Sent from my iPad


  4. It’s a conundrum, but sadly the UCMJ and the officer’s oath say legal orders, not wrong or stupid, or anything else. I suppose given how it worked out we could try seditious or even treasonous, but unless you have a yen to live at Leavenworth, it’s was probably a bad idea. But perhaps the time approaches.

    ADM Painter nailed it

  5. Mister Mac, your comments are right on (as always) and I heartily endorse them. I would respectfully point out that in our oath (which does not have an expiration) we swore to uphold and defend the Constitution before and above any obedience to the President and the leaders appointed over us. That President Biden (Jimmy Carter 2) has evidenced on many occasions a disregard for any and all of our rights under the Constitution, I find myself less and less likely to obey his edicts. How thankful I am that I no longer am in the military and I grieve the the loss of trust and respect we are receiving as a result of the lackadaisical and inept policies of the Biden (Soros?) White House.

    Only one thing is there that provides me hope and that is the fact that the King is still on the throne and what He chooses to happen will continue to happen. We may be living through the destruction of our nation (I pray and hope not), but we must remember to keep our focus vertical as we work to do what we can to ameliorate the effects of the ongoing nonsense. God have mercy on our country, our military, and all in law enforcement.

    “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”

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