Political Correctness

By Dateline D. C. | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 22, 2007 | Go to article overview
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Political Correctness


Dateline D. C., Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


WASHINGTON

Political correctness is the practice of censoring viewpoints disparaging to the liberal agenda or embarrassing to powerful people. The term is American, first used in the Chisholm v. Georgia Supreme Court decision of 1793. It meant "not literally correct" at the time. The phrase then seems to have been lost for the next 150 years.

Mao-ized (i.e., "correct thinking) political correctness reappeared in the 1950s; it has remained with us ever since Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech to the Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956. It came to mean "toeing the party line" and now is an integral part of the Marxist-Leninist lexicon.

Just this month we were confronted by media headlines that an elite Marine Special Operations platoon, four weeks earlier, had reacted to a bomb ambush in Afghanistan "with excessive force," shooting at bystanders that killed a dozen and wounded 30, according to an Afghan human rights group.

Now, U.S. military investigators are looking at criminal charges. A Marine Corps spokesman reported that the company commander and his senior noncommissioned officer had been relieved of their command and were back at Camp Lejeune; top officers "had lost trust and confidence" in their leadership.

No charges, no prosecution yet -- just a pathetic trust in Afghans and none in our guys.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., after having been briefed by a Marine Corps general, demanded an investigation of our guys. The witch hunt, based on information supplied by the Afghans, has started; it was not a politically correct incident.

Hopefully, investigators will remember that 25 young, probably scared, young men were attacked, some wounded by a bomb-throwing civilian. Our guys were wearing uniforms and armed; scores of Afghans were walking, running or driving cars that could have concealed weapons to be used in the next attack.

A standard response is to put down a curtain of fire and get out of the area. That is what happened. Now our guys are considered "murderers."

Naturally, every television script now uses terms such as "innocent" Afghans, "excessive force disproportionate to any threat" and "evidence being cleaned up."

Perhaps some generals and military press officers have been behind their desks for too long to remember conditions in the field.

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