TAKE #1 John Derbyshire Asks A Politically Incorrect Question About Our Fender-Bender Navy John Derbyshire August 27, 2017 The state of our military is a bit worrying. Those of us with family members serving have more to worry about than the average. I have no doubt our soldiers, sailors, and airmen will do their fighting best with any mission we assign them. But politicized leadership and stupid ideas about human nature may get in the way. These dark thoughts came to mind when I read about the latest fender-bender involving a U.S. warship. This happened when the U.S.S. John S McCain collided with a civilian oil tanker near Singapore. Ten of our sailors are missing, presumed dead. Five more sailors were injured.[ Lost at sea: The ten sailors who are missing presumed dead after cargo ship hit a US Navy destroyer in the Pacific for the second time in three months, Daily Mail, August 24, 2017.] And this is the fourth serious accident involving U.S. Navy ships this year: *In January, the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay. There were no casualties, but eleven hundred gallons of oil were dumped into the water. *May 9th the cruiser U.S.S. Lake Champlain collided with a fishing boat off the east coast of South Korea. Again, no casualties. *June 17th the destroyer U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a Filipino container ship in the waters off Japan. Seven of our sailors were killed, three more injured. What’s the normal number of collisions per annum? Close to zero. Prior to this year, the last such incident was in 2004, when our aircraft carrier the U.S.S. John F Kennedy ran over a dhow in the Persian Gulf. Speaking as a credentialed navigator, I say there’s something wrong here. Not having your ship run aground or collide with other ships, is basic seamanship, and made easier than it’s ever been by modern navigation technology. Human beings have been sailing ships on the sea for several thousand years, remember. This is not a new art. There’s been some speculation that our Navy’s high-tech navigation systems have been hacked into. There are a number of problems with that theory, one of them being that the Navy itself doesn’t seem to believe it. Here for example is an extract from its report on the U.S.S. Fitzgerald incident—the one that killed seven sailors: In fairness to the crew of Fitzgerald, I should note that the report also contains the following: OK, but it really looks as though we have a problem here. To misquote Lady Bracknell, one collision may be regarded as a misfortune; four looks like carelessness. And the Navy’s own reports finger “poor seamanship,” “flawed teamwork,” and “inadequate leadership.” It really looks as though the Navy has sailed into a zone of pretty acute personnel problems. But why would that be? Call me over-suspicious [You’re over-suspicious!] but I can’t help thinking the issues are somewhat related to this: Oh, and what’s this? A report from the New York Times just this past Wednesday: Fort Benning Drill Sergeants Suspended Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations. [By Jacey Fortin, August 23, 2017]. Sample quote, after the stuff about sexual harassment allegations: Concerning those allegations, by the way, I’m willing to bet—and if I’m wrong, someone who knows the facts please tell me and I will eat crow on the VDARE.com website—I’m willing to bet that a large majority of those offending drill instructors are black, and a similarly large majority of the plaintiffs are white. That was certainly the case (as I’ve noted before) in the Aberdeen Proving Ground NCO sex scandals of the ‘90s–about 80% of the victims were white and 80% of the accused were black. [2 more Aberdeen sergeants charged NAACP says cases against black soldiers involve prejudice, By Scott Wilson, Baltimore Sun, March 26, 1997] (The official press release [PDF] names no names.) Now, I don’t say that mixed-sex military units are the stupidest idea of the past hundred years. The competition for stupidest is just too stiff: public-sector labor unions, Affirmative Action, mass Third World immigration, body piercing … I do say, though, that if I wanted to seriously degrade the military effectiveness of an enemy, I would do everything I could to get him integrating women into his combat units. After thirty years of cultural rot, our generals and admirals didn’t get to be generals and generals by winning wars but by promoting the correct numbers of blacks and Muslims and opening the military academies to girls and homosexuals They don’t want to worry about steering ships. They want to focus the serious strategic questions facing the nation: installing transgender bathroom facilities in submarines, tanks and fighter planes. TAKE #2 What Color Are Drill Sergeants In Fort Benning Sexual Harassment Scandal? The DAILY BEAST Thinks They’re White, But That’s Not What History Says James Fulford August 23, 2017 This Daily Beast story of sexual harassment in the Army is illustrated, as seen in the screenshot above, with a picture of white males. [Fort Benning Drill Sergeants Suspended for Alleged Sexual Misconduct, August 23, 2017] When we turn to the underlying NBCstory the Beast is ripping off for clickbait, we see that the actual Army has not specifired the race or even the sex of the erring NCOs. See Fort Benning Drill Sergeants Suspended for Alleged Sexual Misconduct, by Courtney Kube and Tracy Connor, August 23, 2017. Quote from that story: Aberdeen Proving Ground was the first thing I thought of. It’s something I’ve used to to illustrate the principle that offenders won’t be reported by the MSM as black until there’s a complaint of racism, writing that that's how we usually find out these things. In the 1990s, there was a sex scandal at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in which senior NCOs were accused of sexually harassing or sexually abusing enlisted women. It wasn't until the NAACP showed up to complain that the public learned that the senior NCOs were all black. [2 more Aberdeen sergeants charged NAACP says cases against black soldiers involve prejudice, By Scott Wilson, Baltimore Sun, March 26, 1997] Here’s a contemporary report from Time Magazine (subscriber link) via one of John Derbyshire’s correspondents: So until we know different, we can assume that the Daily Beast’s use of white men in their photo constitutes the usual macroaggression. By the way, it’s not always the case the that the offenders are black–in the Lackland Air Force Base case the harassing NCOs included a guy whose last name is Maldonado, and another whose first name is Luis. Final question: what happens when there are “out and proud” gay male drill sergeants supervising 18 year old enlistees? That’s going to take a lot of hushing up.