Admiral Mullen Cites Need for “True Compass”
In a recent address at the National Defense University, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said this in response to a question about whether the “tolerance…has changed regarding ethics” in the military:
We have to have a true compass ethically. We have to have a true compass morally. We have to have a true compass inside our profession.
He’s right, of course. No one has ever debated the need for a moral standard by which military members must live and serve. The question, however, has been what defines the truth of that “true compass.” “True” implies the presence of “right,” or “correct” — even “wrong” or “false.” So what is the standard upon which Mullen’s compass is based? Unfortunately, he doesn’t say.
Even the ADF’s Alan Sears recently wrote that the military hands its troops a ‘compass’ — but one without a ‘true North.’
With the repeal of DADT, we are handing the men charged with protecting our borders and defending our freedoms a moral compass with no “magnetic north.” We are telling them to “be good” in the ways we want them to be, and to ignore “bad” as it suits our politically-correct purposes.
And that is not because we as a nation are no longer sure of what is “moral” and right, but because we do know – and are agreeing to ignore the truth that is in us.
Ever tried navigating with a compass without magnetic North? Imagine what it would be like to wage a war without a moral standard.