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Feminized MOH guy is back and wants a little cheese with his whine

[First posted at – but it is a follow-up to a story I posted here recently.  This is a guy who has been comfortable in his little echo chamber spouting off about his pet theories and, I supposed, mostly getting affirmation.  Then he got outside that little box, his nonsense leaked into the larger blogosphere and he’s gotten absolutely hammered – and deservedly so.  He remains completely clueless as to the reason.– McQ]

You know, some guys ought to figure when to just shut up, fold their tent and take their due. Not our boy. Bryan Fischer, Mr. "Feminized the MOH", is back for more. In a follow up post (not even at the same blog – got to hot there I’d guess), our hero says:

The blowback to my column of two days ago, in which I argued that we seem to have become reluctant to award the Medal of Honor to those who take aggressive action against the enemy and kill bad guys, has been fierce. It has been angry, vituperative, hate-filled, and laced with both profanity and blasphemy.

Oh, my. Who needs the skirt now? Looks like the reaction may have "feminized" Mr. Fischer a bit. As for blasphemy, let me tell you something sir – I’m on the side of angels on this one.

Of course Fischer still has no clue about the reason for the outrage he spawned (or he’s chosen to ignore it) and falls back on the age old dodge that most that don’t have an argument use when cornered – ignore those who ate your freakin’ lunch in reply to that bad joke of a post and claim, "these people didn’t read what I wrote". No really – that’s his argument:

What is striking here is that readers who have reacted so viscerally to what I wrote apparently didn’t read it, or only read the parts that ticked them off. I’m guessing a fair amount of the reaction has come from those who didn’t actually read the column, but read what others said about the column. It’s been fascinating to watch.

What is really both striking and fascinating is how clueless this bozo is – utterly unaware and truly out-to-lunch. Hey, meat head, the visceral reaction was to the stupidity of your premise. It had to do with you using "feminized" as a pejorative (look that up if that skipped by you skippy) and in conjunction with the Medal of Honor. It had to do with the fact that you were ignorant about the MOHs that have been given in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Yes, that’s right – ignorant.  As in “uninformed”.  Don’t know what you‘re talking about.  Check?


In fact, it is clear you still don’t know what you’re talking about and each time you try to justify your nonsense you look even worse.  Here, let me give you an example:

I’m not saying that our soldiers have become feminized in the least, especially those who have earned the Medal of Honor. It’s not our soldiers who have become feminized, it is the awards process that has become feminized.

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.

This is something only a person who has never worn a uniform could write.  It is the sort of nonsense that makes anyone who has served a day in uniform grind their teeth and plot mayhem.  It could only come from some pencil necked geek whose idea of war comes from an Xbox.

How in the hell, sir, do you suppose those who were in a position to earn the MOH got in the situation they were in?  By aggressively taking the war to the enemy, you boob.  We were the aggressor in Iraq.  We are the aggressor in Af/Pak.  This ain’t Normandy.  They don’t conveniently line up behind the freakin’ sea wall.  You have to go out there, find them and root them out.  And by George, they sometimes try to strike back.  Go freakin’ figure!

It’s called WAR you dope.  Something you’ve obviously never experienced and know precious little about. 

When SSG Robby Miller earned his posthumous Medal of Honor he was a part of an “aggressive” patrol sent out in a Taliban stronghold to root them out and kill them.  And that’s precisely what Miller did, until mortally wounded himself.  I’ve already acquainted you with SFC Paul Ray Smith.  Smith is estimated to have killed 50 bad guys.  Why?  Because we’d pushed out aggressively and turned over a hornet’s nest of enemy soldiers.

SSG Sal Giunta was a part of an operation looking for the Taliban with the aim of killing them.  He and his squad weren’t wandering around out there to give the Talibs target practice or hunkered down behind a rock while they bad guys took pot shots at them.

The point?  There is no freakin’ “trend” except between your rather large ears.

But he blathers on anyway, again trying to support the unsupportable.  And of course, it’s time for a little whine again:

It is striking that a certain amount of the criticism I have received actually verifies my thesis. In response to my call to also honor those who have killed bad guys in defense of our country, I have been called everything from savage to brute to bloodthirsty to anti-American to un-American to traitor to  “expletives deleted” to the antichrist himself.

Surely some of this supports my contention that we have become too squeamish to honor such valor. It’s almost as if it embarrasses us, as if we feel there is something inappropriate about awarding our highest honor to those who kill the enemy in battle. It is as if our culture has become so soft and so feminized that it makes us enormously uncomfortable to think about praising such actions. It’s like we know such warfare needs to be waged, but we’re hoping we don’t have to find out very much about it.

It apparently is easier for us to honor valor when exhibited in self-defense, but we find ourselves reluctant to honor killing the enemy when we are the aggressor in a military setting.

Bullsqueeze, you clueless popinjay.

When SSG Jared Monti died trying to rescue a fellow soldier he was a part of an attacking force. Same with SSG Miller. SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy was on an extended patrol in Taliban territory trying to root them out and kill them when he earned his MOH. And I’ve told you about Paul Ray Smith.


By my rough count, about 25% of the Medals of Honor during the Vietnam War were granted to soldiers who showed unusual bravery and courage in assertive military action against the enemy. So far, according to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, we have yet to do so even once in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely there have been exceptional acts of bravery of those kinds in these wars, and yet we have failed to grant our highest honor for gallantry to any of them.

By my rough count – and I could be undercounting – 50% of those given in Iraq and Afghanistan have been "granted" to soldiers who showed unusual bravery in “assertive military action against the enemy”. Again Mr. Fischer, your problem is ignorance.  You either don’t know or can’t figure out the difference between warfare in Vietnam and in Afghanistan or Iraq.

In Vietnam there were certainly any number of fire fights in which small forces faced each other, but it was also a war of battalions and regiments. Vast numbers of opposing forces pounded each other for days in any number of battles. Review the battle of the Ia Drang valley, Hue, any number of battles along the DMZ, A shau valley, etc.  In the latter years it often resembled conventional warfare at times.

Other than the opening gambit in Iraq, the wars in both there and Afghanistan have been wars with shadows.  Mostly brief firefights with rare extended battles. Every now and then a large group will oppose our warriors – but primarily it is the war that Sal Giunta faced that day when he aggressively attacked those who had just attacked he and his squad.  A squad that was out looking for the bad guys – a squad that was taking the war to them.

We call that “attacking” in these wars, or, in fact, any freakin’ war.

By the way, here’s all McGurn said about that and it  doesn’t support Fischer’s supposed thesis or “trend” even slightly:

What kind of man is that? When we think of military heroism, we may think of Rambos decorated for great damage inflicted on the enemy. In fact, the opposite is true. Every Medal of Honor from these wars has been for an effort to save life. Even more telling, each specifically recognizes bravery that cannot be commanded.

Dilbert takes the bit about Rambos and the fact that those awarded the most recent MOHs were trying to save lives and turns it into some sort of “trend” and “feminization” of the medal.  McGurn’s piece was brilliant and well said (and I owe him an apology if I implied his piece was anything other than that). 

The Yahoo of the Year, however, manages to completely misinterpret what McGurn says and turn it into something insulting, pejorative and frankly, pathetic.  In fact he so badly mangles the meaning of McGurn’s paragraph that it makes you wonder if perhaps English is a second language and barring that, perhaps he rode the short bus most of his life.

The guy who charges the bunker and knocks out the machine gun doesn’t do it because he’s some bad ass killing machine, Mr. Fischer.  He does it because he’s a combat infantryman who holds the lives of his fellow squad members higher than he does his own.  He’d rather take a bullet and die than not try to save them – and if that means charging a machine gun with little chance of survival, well, as you’ve seen if you actually read the citations you claim to have read, they do it with incredible regularity.  Instead of denigrating the process you ought to be thanking God for such men.

It’s clear it is a bond and a brotherhood you’ll never understand.  And that lack of understanding and your pompous and arrogant blathering about things of which you know nothing are what have caused the “vituperative” reaction to your stupid first post.  And yes, that’s the proper word for it.  It was stupid.  It lacked even the most common insight or intelligence.  I lacked research.  It lacked knowledge of the subject.  You are a non-swimmer in the deep end without your water wings.  And, for some reason, false pride I guess, you have chosen to remain there floundering around and making a spectacle of yourself.

Well let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can – as long as you choose to address this subject, I will continue to call your hand and point out what a clueless jerk you are.  As long as you try to denigrate selection process, the Medal of Honor or its recipients, I will return the favor.

And since 7 of those who have received the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t here to do it themselves, that only seems fair.


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21 Responses to Feminized MOH guy is back and wants a little cheese with his whine

  • I’d argue that the word “feminized” IS an accurate pejorative when applied to men’s behavior,
    largely on the premise that men should act like men, not some weird version of women. This does not
    preclude sensitive or thoughtful acts by men, but it does include a lot of behavior that has become more
    commonplace in our society than in the past. In our benighted society this opens one up to accusations
    of sexism, but so be it. Blurring of gender roles is a net negative for our society. Then again, to quote a
    friend, a nation that forces women into the labor force (as ours does) to compete on the same level as men
    just to sustain a tolerable standard of living is hopelessly backward.
    More to the point, part of what makes Giunta (and your other examples) such a hero are his masculine qualities which allowed him to do what he did.

  • “As long as you try to denigrate selection process, the Medal of Honor or its recipients, I will return the favor.”
    Makes you wonder if he thinks the word “posthumously” means they awarded it a few years after it was earned.

    • Or maybe he thinks it “humourous”?
      /sarc off
      Man-oh-man-oh-man!!! This is beyond absurd and is into “embarrassing”.  🙁

  • This is something only a person who has never worn a uniform could write.  It is the sort of nonsense that makes anyone who has served a day in uniform grind their teeth and plot mayhem.  It could only come from some pencil necked geek whose idea of war comes from an Xbox.
    I enjoyed that :p

  • I suggest that the real issue is the suspicion that the military is being “feminized”; criticism of MOH awards is merely a poor way to complain about a perceived broader problem.  Consider:

    1.  Push to further integrate women into combat roles, including service on submarines;

    2.  Elimination (I have read) of bayonet training in Army basic training

    3.  “Valorous restraint” awards and general highly-restrictive ROE

    4.  Courts martial for allegedly hitting or otherwise mistreating captured jihadis

    In short, it may be argued that our fighting men are not being encouraged or even allowed to be “warriors”.  What else would one call that except “feminization”?

    • Concur 110%!
      Maybe “Oprahfication” of the military might be a more appropriate term.

    • Anyone who thinks that “valorous restraint” is somehow “feminized” has… plainly not spent time around the set of women I have.
      (And courts martial for prisoner abuse are not exactly new – I expect they go back to the day after military laws for treating prisoners were promulgated.
      Allegations of criminal action are supposed to lead to courts martial [if the allegation is at all credible]. That’s the entire point of the military justice system; to see that our men and women in uniform obey the laws of  war (and non-war).
      There’s nothing “feminized” about that, unless you’re going to claim that a “masculine” approach to prisoners of war is to treat them however you like.
      Which would be a revelation, I guess, to the firmly masculinized warriors of old, who had [and just like now, sometimes ignored] a code of conduct regarding the treatment of prisoners, which also said that one shouldn’t beat them, to the best of my knowledge.
      Sorry, but that one just doesn’t hold water.)

      • Sigvald [C]ourts martial for prisoner abuse are not exactly new – I expect they go back to the day after military laws for treating prisoners were promulgated.

        Let me first be clear: I do not buy into the “feminization” idea, though I confess to having concerns that liberalism is having an ennervating effect on our military.  I suppose, though, that “soldiers just aren’t as tough as they used to be” is a lament that can be found throughout history.

        I think that the current problem with abusing prisoners is not that laws and regulations against that are “feminine”, but rather that there has been so much negative coverage of a handful of incidents leading to a suspicion that our troops are being put at a deliberate disadvantage.  Ditto restrictive ROE.  I suggest that “feminization” is an imprecise term to describe what seems to be a real problem: our military, in the interests of avoiding bad press and accusations of war crimes, is having to fight with one hand behind its back.

        SigvaldAnyone who thinks that “valorous restraint” is somehow “feminized” has… plainly not spent time around the set of women I have.

        I agree.  When I read that SGT Leigh Ann Hester was awarded the Silver Star in Iraq, I recall thinking that, “Our women are tougher than jihadis!”

        • Leigh Ann Hester is something special. And she’s a member of the Guard and an MP – a civilian doing a tour. She got the Silver Star and her squad leader, Timothy Nein, I believe, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The story is incredible. Hester and Nein dismounted, flanked and rolled up an Iraqi insurgent ambush – killed 27 in close combat. They were supported by another young woman on a turret mounted machine gun who was apparently rock steady in that engagement, provided the suppressive fire so Hester and Nein could continue to advance and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. And if I’m not mistaken, a medic got a Silver Star as well for his support of their movement.

          • McQLeigh Ann Hester is something special.

            I wonder how many others of our soldiers (male and female) would have done as she and her comrades did?  I suspect that the vast majority would have showed, if not the same skill and success, at least the same courage and determination.

            McQ [S]he’s a member of the Guard and an MP – a civilian doing a tour.

            Allow me to gently chide you.  National Guardsmen are soldiers.  It just so happens that they don’t live on a post or base; their regular job isn’t in an infantry company or a tactical fighter squadron; they don’t usually wear camo to work.  But when the call goes out and they put on the uniform, they are American fighting men and women just the same as the regulars (OK, maybe with longer hair and thicker waists!).

          • I spent 18 years in the reserves Doc – I know exactly what she is. She’s a civilian doing a tour. That doesn’t mean she isn’t a “soldier” as well. But the vast majority of her time, when she’s not on active duty, is spent in a civilian pursuit. The point, of course, is we have incredibly talented people both on active duty and in the reserve forces and pointing out that in the main, people like Hester are civilians who step up when called isn’t an insult, but in fact an incredible plaudit.

    • I believe the Taliban and the Iraqi insurgents (what are left of them) would disagree.

      We certainly have a tough situation in A’stan. And I disagree with the ROE even while I understand the intent. Don’t mistake the type warfare and its demands as “feminization”. Women are indeed being integrated more and more into the military – but that’s not new and existed in the ’70s as the volunteer military stood up. We’ve certainly come a long way since then, but it was no “feminized” VII Corps that smashed the Iraqi Republican Guard in 100 hours in DS. Or feminized Air Force and Marine aviation that destroyed its remnants on the Highway of Death. And it was no feminized US Army and Marine Corps which blew through Saddam’s rebuilt forces in OIF. And it is one tough military – women included – which has battled in A’stan for 10 years.

      Nope, I’m not buying the “feminization” of anything, and I ‘ve had a good inside look – I was there when the volunteer military stood up and was a part of the new volunteer military for well over a decade. Compared to what it was prior to that can’t be adequately described. This is the best military this country – or any country – has ever fielded – bar none.

      As for “being allowed to be warriors”, go read SSG Robert James Miller’s Medal of Honor citation if you haven’t and than come back and tell me that. Find me a better “warrior being a warrior”.

  • I think you nailed it in your first paragraph, Bruce.  This guy commented on an item without really understanding what he was saying, and has reacted defensively to the outrage pitched in his direction.  His claim that he finds the backlash “fascinating” and the implication that it’s borne of ignorance sound like a guy who doesn’t know how to step back and admit that he screwed the pooch.  Instead, he just starts digging even deeper.  Hopefully he realizes this and makes an honest attempt at redress.  More likely, he won’t stop until he’s past the point where an apology will be useful.  What a waste.

    • Has anyone ever seen this guy and Erb at the same time?  I’m just sayin’ …

      • “Burp” would never agree that our troops should receive medals for their valorous actions, that only encourages violent and aggressive behavior.
        We should sit down with our enemies, invite them out of their spider holes for tea and cookies and have a dialogue where we all come to see that we’re all the same and there is no real right or wrong, just different ways of seeing the world.   THAT would be the only way he would hand out medals.  They’d look like little sticky gold stars, and we’d give them to our enemies too along with little pats on the head.

  • Hey Bruce…  It seems I was right.  Doesn’t appear that my comment made it through moderation…