By Duncan Smith
Our military isn’t just going ‘woke,’ it’s attracting some of the worst of our society because of the way it’s recruiting.
You may recall reports last year that the USS Bonhomme Richard, a $1.6 billion Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, caught fire mysteriously and burned for a number of days.
The incident led to 71 injuries and caused substantial damage to the vessel, which is relatively modern given that it was commissioned in 1998 and has a lot of sea life left.
Come to find out, the fire wasn’t an accident and it wasn’t caused by a malfunction.
It was deliberate.
Worse, it was set by a disgruntled sailor who washed out of the SEAL program (and lots of candidates do, by the way, because it’s not a ‘trophy participation’ course) and sought to exact revenge.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ryan Sawyer Mays, 20, was named the primary suspect for the first time in the legal document, which was obtained by the Daily Beast and seen by the Daily Mail. Investigators were led to Mays after interviewing the 177 service members assigned to the Bonhomme Richard and several of them claimed to either see Mays around the scene of the fire before it was set, hear him say he was guilty while talking to himself or hear him express extreme disdain for the Navy.
The warrant also says a polygraph revealed Mays was lying about certain relevant questions pertaining to the events of July 12, 2020, the day the fire was set. And further red flags were raised when Mays allegedly also lied to investigators about his personal life, claiming he had gotten another sailor pregnant. When she was questioned, the sailor denied ever being pregnant and said Mays was ‘volatile and bipolar.’
The affidavit states that Mays joined the Navy in 2019 ‘with the intent on becoming trained in the Advanced Electronics Computer Fields,’ but ‘changed his career goals to becoming a Navy SEAL.’ Five days into his training, he dropped out and was assigned as an ‘undesignated Seamen’ [aboard] the Bonhomme Richard. …
Mays faces possible charges of aggravated arson and willful hazarding of a vessel, if the Navy seeks a court martial, though the probe is ongoing. As of now, he is in custody in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction, where he faces charges of arson, use of fire to damage federal property and making a false statement, the warrant states.
The ship fire reached 1,000-degree temperatures and damaged all 14 decks, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday told reporters last summer. The ship was docked in San Diego during the blaze, which continued for four days until it was eventually snuffed out by about 400 sailors from 16 vessels, a number of helicopters dumping water from above, the Naval Base San Diego Fire Department, and multiple volunteer fire departments from surrounding cities.
At least 63 people were injured, including 18 firefighters who filed workers’ compensation for suffering concussions, orthopedic issues, dehydration and smoke inhalation.
The Army recently posted several ‘woke’ recruiting videos.
The Pentagon brass has testified, brashly, before Congress that ‘woke’ curriculum like critical race theory is ‘important’ for military members to understand.
We have raised generations of children to expect instant gratification no matter how unrealistic their goals may be.
This is the end result. Wanton destruction of a capital warship.
We are monster trouble.
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