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Few honors shine as bright or bring into focus true patriotism as when the president awards a Medal of Honor. It may just be one of the last acts that truly brings elements of the right and left together.
Or at least it was until President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Afghan hero Army Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. Giunta received the high distinction for valor on the battlefield that saved his comrades. According to the Army's official citation, Giunta "exposed himself to withering enemy fire" during a daring effort to engage the enemy and extract his wounded comrades from ambush.
But for Bryan Fisher, conservative Christian commentator for the American Family Association, Giunta's actions were far from honorable. For Fisher the fact that the Medal of Honor went to a soldier for saving lives, rather than killing the enemy, is a not only a tragedy, it's a reflection of weakness in our culture.
According to Fisher the award is now "feminized."
That's right. Recognizing the courage it takes to face enemy fire and rescue other soldiers from all-but-certain death is "wimpy" and "girlish" to some on the right. The award should be reserved for those soldiers who succeed only at killing. Valor and bravery, for these folks on the right, can only be displayed through killing enemy soldiers.
Fischer is hardly one to slink away under hostile fire, as he told me after a post last month in which he said that the firefighters in South Fulton, Tennessee did "the Christian thing" by letting a family's house burn because they were delinquent on their $75 annual fire protection fee.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
Keep in mind though, before you answer the no brainer...Obama gave this guy the award..
Originally posted by MGriff
"Above and beyond the call of duty" generally requires you to risk yourself for someone else or the mission. You don't get it for purely killing enemies, so this guy is, as everyone thus far has pointed out, a dumbass.
What I am saying is that I am observing a trend in which we single out bravery in self-defense and yet seem hesitant to single out bravery in launching aggressive attacks that result in the deaths of enemy soldiers.
Originally posted by HomerinNC
reply to post by SaturnFX
Saturn its given for ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, Sgt Giunta put his life on the line to save his fellow soldiers, his brothers in arms, and he probably did it without thinking about it, those soldiers were his brothers, his onlty thought was to save them, he wasnt thinking about getting a medal or anything. Our ever serve in combat, or the military?
If you did you MIGHT have a slight understanding what the medal is all about
Originally posted by tiger5
reply to post by SaturnFX
What a small minded mealy mouthed maggot. SOmetimes I despair of democracy as every half wit has a chance to speak. The soldier is a hero and should be acknowledged as such. i still do not approveof the assinine war.edit on 22-11-2010 by tiger5 because: (no reason given)