The Corner

Insulting the Military

Just when you think that certain elements in the GOP can go no further in their embrace of the nanny state, we see a news item like this:

Concerned that the military is selling pornography in exchange stores in spite of a ban, one lawmaker has introduced a bill to clean up the matter. “Our troops should not see their honor sullied so that the moguls behind magazines like Playboy and Penthouse can profit,” said Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., unveiling his House bill April 16. His Military Honor and Decency Act would amend a provision of the 1997 Defense Authorization Act that banned sales of “sexually explicit material” on military bases.

Read the whole thing here. Call me crazy, but I suspect that this has nothing to do with the honor of the US military (which has absolutely no need of such demeaning ‘defenses’) and everything to do with Congressman Broun.

Here, meanwhile, is a brief discussion of a memoir of the siege of Khe Sanh written by a Marine who was there. I wonder what Rep, Broun would make of this passage:

Aircrews tried on one occasion to get in several gallons of ice cream. It took awhile and Marines waited until dark because of enemy fire to retrieve the supplies from the landing zones. By then most of the ice cream had melted and the containers were punctured with shrapnel, indicating the aircrews took fire trying to deliver their gift. Although Dabney’s Marines didn’t get to enjoy the treat, they appreciated the thought. “More than once we watched a crewman lean out a window to toss a bundle of magazines into the zone. We loved them, especially Playboy.

I guess Congressman Broun must believe that the honor of the defenders of Khe Sanh was “sullied” by the fact that aircrews supplied them with Playboy.What a clown.