Why is the Pentagon honoring Sgt. Monk?
Just weeks ago, they were doing their best to destroy his career after he went public about religious persecution in the U.S. Air Force.
“In the meantime,” says Perkins, “we celebrate with the Monks that the military finally recognized what his superior did not: The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Monk reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”
The bizarre case comes as America’s military is combating a new threat: ethics violations.
“It seems U.S. officers aren’t just taking fire — they’re being fired for record cases of misconduct,” noted Perkins. “The Associated Press furrowed plenty of brows with the news that the military’s character problems start at the top, as internal investigations have caught hundreds of top brass in webs of gambling, corruption, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and taxpayer waste. According to internal documents, the lapses in judgment have exploded in the last three years, as the number of misconduct firings tripled.
“The crisis of character seems to be taking the biggest toll on the Army, which lost as many as 387 officers in 2013 (a far cry from the 119 forced departures in 2010).
“Not surprisingly, the trickle-down effect has been huge, as the enlisted cases for breaking ethics rules doubled from 5,600 in 2007 to 11,000 last year. While the Pentagon scrambles to explain these ‘worrying’ trends, others blame the relaxed standards on an overworked and under-monitored force.”
“If the military is scrambling to identify the problem,” says Perkins, “look no further than the commander-in-chief. Like the rest of the administration, these officers are serving under a President who also picks and chooses which laws he’ll uphold.
“He refuses to hold accountable his own leaders – including an attorney general so ethically-challenged that he was held in contempt of Congress. He changes the laws on a whim without legal authority (18 unilateral changes to ObamaCare from the White House alone), and has been systematically removing the moral foundation of the military since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
“Why do we expect order and discipline when this administration has bred chaos and contempt for the rule of law?”
The U.S. military is on a “slippery slope” toward becoming thought police, says Monk’s attorney,
“It’s now reaching the point it’s not acceptable to think something,” attorney Mike Berry of Liberty Institute told the website WND.