Friday, February 15, 2013

Degraded Valor

Lame-duck US Defense Secretary (and former CIA boss) Leon Panetta instituted a new military award for support services that ranks above the Bronze Star awarded for heroism and valor.

"The Distinguished Warfare Medal" can be given to anyone in the military contributing to operations with accomplishments regarded as exceptional. Examples cited by the Defense Department include someone detecting a computer virus, or those stationed thousands of miles from any conflict who operate remote-controlled machinery.

Sly way to dismantle military precedence & honor. For those careful of their own safety it's a boon, allowing them to step over soldiers decorated for valor in battle. Another example of the political game behind American society.