Yesterday we learned of the Obama administration’s allowance for beards and turbans to be allowed by soldiers serving in the U.S. Military. Some are already stating this was in deference to Sikhs serving, but there are currently only THREE active duty Sikhs in our military, and nearly FOUR THOUSAND known Muslims. Combine this with Muslim terrorist killer Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot and killed 13 and injured 30 at Fort Hood while serving as an Army Major, and his recent demand to be able to grow a beard while in military prison. And at nearly the same time as this was happening, the Obama administration quietly ordered the banning of the centuries old Navy Jack flag on military uniforms, citing the flag as being associated with “radical groups”. Apparently, Barack Obama and his legion of progressive leftists, feel the history of our Navy and Navy SEALS, is just far too “radical.”
The Navy Jack flag has been associated with the U.S. Military for over 200 years, worn proudly on the shoulders of our Navy SEALS. Until now. The military has ordered the long-standing symbol BANNED, while at the same time, allowing for Muslim-friendly beards and turbans to be worn by soldiers. Please spread the word of this outrage.
(via The Daily Caller)
Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms
The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.
…Clearly the administration and sycophant “top brass” officers have degraded America’s military prestige; from hand-tying rules of engagement, to uniform regulations that make our military allegedly more compatible with foreign forces, to the banning of an awe-inspiring flag that traces its roots to the first U.S. Navy.
During my two deployments to Iraq, “Don’t Tread on Me” was a phrase seen on nearly every uniform and platoon space — including mine. From patches to flags to large paintings on concrete barriers, our commanders themselves wore the insignia on their sleeves — until now.
Perhaps this is why so many of my former teammates felt compelled to send me the email below. They may not be able to expose the administration’s travesty, but I can. The email, dated October 22, reads:
WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.
All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder. You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.
Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all
Senior Enlisted Advisor
…Why would they rob present and future sailors of our battle cry?
When a friend of mine asked his leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.
This begs yet another question: Who defines “radical group”? The last time I checked, all military personnel are under oath to “support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Tea Party stands for constitutional rights and founding principles of civil liberties and limited government. Radical? Not unless you’re a leftist hell-bent on destroying the foundations of our country. Or as the President has stated as the objective of his presidency, “to fundamentally transform” America.
My friends asked me what they should do about this order. I answer them by saying, “You took an oath to defend this country from enemies foreign and domestic. Will you put your career before country? Will you put your career before your sacred oath?” I cannot tell anyone how to respond. I can tell you though that an enemy — foreign or domestic — that tries to take the Navy Jack from my uniform could only do so by ripping the patriotic patch from the uniform of my cold, dead body.
We all have choices to make. The Obama administration and the yes-men top brass have decided to wage war on our Navy’s heritage. Will the SEALs choose to defend that heritage and defy them, with all the impertinence the flag’s slogan implies? Or will they be tread upon? LINK
It is worth repeating – The Obama administration is allowing Muslim-friendly beards and turbans, but has BANNED the centuries old Navy Jack symbol due to its close association with “radical groups”.
In the Obama military, the appearance of the man above is ok, but the Navy Jack symbol is banned.
UPDATE: Subsequent reports indicate military brass backed off the banning of the Navy SEAL flag, calling it a “misunderstanding”. Kudos to the Daily Caller’s Carl Higbie (former Navy SEAL) whose original article on this set in motion the push back that resulted in the administration and its military command cohorts to back off. This is a victory for the alternative media, without which, this story would never had seen the light of day. -UM
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