THE PROPOSED “GIRLY” HAT DESIGN TOPS
A SERIES OF ASSAULTS ON THE MILITARY
The President can’t say I didn’t warn him. He’s teetering very close to the brink of full-scale military revolt.
As I wrote in my post of October 14…
“President Obama has never been popular with the military. If you wanna talk plots and conspiracies, how ’bout all those overseas military ballots that never showed up to be counted in the last election?
“Which is just one reason for his unpopularity — along with what are perceived as specific affronts to the uniformed services, such as the end of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and the increasing secularist pressure being brought to bear on chaplaincy programs that are deeply woven into military culture. (Doing nothing to save our people in Benghazi didn’t help much either.)”
Okay. All of that was bad enough. But this…this…
If anything could bring on mutiny, it’s tampering with military headgear — and in the proudest, most tradition-minded of the uniformed services, the United States Marine Corps.
As the New York Post reported…
“Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a ‘unisex’ look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as ‘covers’ — with a new version that some have derided as so ‘girly’ that they would make the French blush.”
According to an internal memo obtained by the Post the projected cost of converting to the new style would be more than $8 million. Which brought this anonymous reaction…
“‘We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!’ one senior Marine source fumed to The Post.”
Actually, this is kind of a back-to-the-future thing. The proposed design is based on a style worn by Marines from 1904 to 1918. But as tradition-minded as the Corps might be — Halls of Montezuma, Semper Fi, and the rest of it — this backward glance might be pushing things a bit too far. As the Post’s unnamed Leatherneck observed…
“The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
I know people will jump to the conclusion that this is just another stage in the ongoing campaign to feminize our soldiers — total gender equality in the ranks and all that. If we can have women in combat, why not men in millinery? And when you think about it, those Scottish brigades in World War II did look kind of cute in kilts.
Well, that may be. But I think there’s something else at work here as well. I don’t think this is a matter of making the French blush. It’s actually an outreach to the French — an olive branch, a try at smoothing things over after they discovered we’ve been tapping all the phones in the Élysée Palace. In fact, I think this is only an interim step.
Now, that would be pretty dapper, don’t ya think?
But getting there is going to be a delicate proposition. And President Obama had better watch his step. Some fashion-challenged Marines might decide to put the cap on this administration.