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There is No More Honor in the US Navy, Capt. Owen Honors
By Scott Rohter – January 2011
As I listen to the current national debate swirling around Capt. Owen Honors of the USS Enterprise, and his controversial filming, 4 years ago of a lewd video on board ship, what strikes me first and foremost is the utter trivial nature of this whole inappropriate incident! I don’t know why there is such a huge uproar. It doesn’t rise to the level of national importance. Next, I am struck by Capt. Honors rather poor judgment, to demean his rank and respectability, by cavorting around in such an unprofessional manner in front of his crew! It appears that he just wanted to be like one of the guys! (Understandable, but not commendable.)
As a Navy commander his job is NOT to see to it that his men like him. It is far more important that he maintains their respect and admiration at all times, then that he earns their friendship! To facilitate that goal there must be general guidelines with respect to familiarity, and boundaries regarding conduct and rank, that should not be crossed. The captain is NOT just another one of the guys!
That having been said, his rather poor taste and conduct didn’t endanger anyone’s life! It wasn’t a military decision that jeopardized a mission! It wasn’t even committed when he was on duty! At most it hurt someone else’s feelings. Give me a break! Is this what the Navy is worried about? Hurting someone’s feelings? For this they are going to throw away a lifetime of distinguished military service to our country?, strip a Captain of his command, and throw all of the time, expense, and training invested in this naval officer down the drain?
Talk about poor judgment! Whoever made the decision to fire Captain Honors should himself be fired, and Capt. Honors should be reinstated! I’d venture to say that we probably wouldn’t even be discussing this incident if it wasn’t for the recent repeal of “Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell”. Do you think it is just coincidence that this video was released only 1 week after President Obama signed the controversial legislation repealing D.A.D.T.? What would you like to bet that the person responsible for releasing the video isn’t another one of the military’s disgruntled homosexuals, who has had his feelings hurt and now wants to get even, just like Army P.F.C. Bradley Manning who turned over confidential U.S. Military documents to Wiki Leaks founder, Julian Assange? This is just the beginning, but it should give everybody an idea of what will happen to our nation’s military if the repeal of “Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell” isn’t itself, immediately repealed!
Only another homosexual could possibly think that this video represents such a significant outrage, and rises to such a level of importance, so as to trigger a national investigation leading to the dismissal of Capt. Honors from the U. S. Navy. I’ve heard enough about the poor judgment of Capt. Honors. What about the poor judgment of the gay sailor who released the video? What about the poor judgment of the Admiral who fired Capt. Honors? There is enough poor judgment to go around here. Apparently the U.S. Navy is full of it!
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