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BridgeGate or … VaginaGate?

Posted on | March 28, 2014 | 49 Comments

Ace of Spades points out a disturbing fact:

The law firm’s report exonerating (supposedly) Christie says that key Bridgegate player Bridgie Kelly had a “personal relationship” with Christie’s then-campaign-manager, Bill Stepien, a relationship which had cooled — or soured — just before Kelly sent her infamous email, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
The report claims the affair resulted in Kelly and Stepien barely communicating… and that this might have caused communication breakdowns regarding the Fort Lee lane closings.

“Indeed, that fact may have affected how Kelly and Stepien conducted themselves and whether they communicated about the lane realignment.”

[F]eminists are going to freak out at the (claimed) implication that a woman’s hormones caused all of this. The report doesn’t say that, and doesn’t really imply that, but, you know. You can get there if you really want to.
And MSNBC is going to really want to get there. “CHRIS CHRISTIE’S OLD BOYS CLUB BLAMES BRIDGEGATE ON WOMAN’S LIBIDO.” You heard it here first.

To digress — because I don’t give a damn about Chris Christie and consider speculation about his 2016 prospects absurd — this sheds a helpful light on the “unit cohesion” arguments against gays in the military, or having women in combat roles. Contrary to all the radical egalitarian politically correct bullshit on the subject, this is not an intellectual argument about “equality” or “rights”; it’s an argument about basic common sense and keeping troops alive.

Military success requires troops who are mission-focused and capable of effective teamwork. Introducing sexual tension or romantic feelings to this situation is a guaranteed formula for all kinds of bad outcomes, predictably including many outcomes — e.g., sexual harassment and rape — that the Left abhors. You should read Stephanie Gutmann’s The Kinder, Gentler Military, and you might also try talking to soldiers and their families. The success of the all-volunteer force and reductions in the size of the military mean that fewer and fewer Americans have any idea of what the lives of combat troops are like. And yes, I’m gonna tell a story about my Army son now.

The back of this T-shirt asks, ‘What do you do?’

They were set for one of their periodic training jumps at Fort Bragg, and my son was in the second flight. “Sleep discipline” means a soldier must be able to fall asleep at under any conditions, because sleep is a precious commodity in warfare. My son is naturally excellent in this regard, so while the troops in the second flight were waiting on the tarmac, he put on his Oakleys and nodded off.

He awoke to the sound of shouting: “YOUR RESERVE! PULL YOUR RESERVE! HIT YOUR RESERVE!” Bolting awake, my son looked up to see a troop high overhead falling from the sky. The main chute had failed and, although the falling troop obviously couldn’t hear the men on the tarmac, they reflexively shouted what was almost a prayer, knowing that the impending disaster overhead was something that might just as easily have happened to them.

Thank God, the reserve was deployed in time.

And then, moments later, two troops got their parachutes entangled with each other, and everybody on the tarmac went silent for the second or two it took for them to get untangled from what could have been another deadly situation. The instructors decided to cancel the second flight, and my son didn’t get to jump that day.

Military combat is a lethal business, and even in peacetime training exercises, death is not a possibility that can be ruled out. If you’ve read Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter’s new book about the Navy SEALs, Eyes on Target, you know that the biggest loss of life in SEAL history didn’t happen during a firefight. Fifteen members of SEAL Team Six, Gold Squad, were killed — along with 23 other service members — on Aug. 6, 2011, when a CH-47 helicopter (code named “Extortion 17″) was shot down in Afghanistan by an RPG.

You want to whine about fairness and equality?

Being on the tip of the spear is not the kind of “career opportunity” where complaints about discrimination and “social justice” belong. A liberal democracy cannot vote out of existence the decidedly undemocratic and non-liberal realities of warfare. Attempting to manipulate the armed forces to fit politically correct preconceptions will have a predictable result: Dead troops.

But I digress . . .

The BridgeGate report’s finding that a romantic relationship may have contributed to the mess doesn’t mean that the woman is to blame. It takes two to tango, and workplace romances predictably undermine staff morale without regard to who we blame. Suspicions of favoritism are one common consequence, along with resentments and hostilities and emotional turmoil, all of which are unnecessary distractions from a mission-focused attitude. Are we paying people to do their jobs,

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or are we paying them to play hide-the-sausage? When people treat the workplace like a singles bar or a dating website, bad things happen, as the potential destruction of Chris Christie’s political future quite clearly illustrates.

Since we’re doing military-themed digressions, let me close by asking you to read Craig Henry’s excellent post about the dangers of poll-driven optimism leading to Republican overconfidence in the November mid-term election. He references the intelligence screw-up that made the Battle of the Bulge such a brutal surprise to the Allied high command in December 1944.

 

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  • daleyrocks

    Since the subject was raised, apart from pron or animal husbandry, can you suggest any jobs where I can get paid for playing hide-the-sausage? :)

  • richard mcenroe

    Congressional staffer (D)

  • Rosalie

    A very good post. We should be hearing from Anamika soon to deliver the feminists’ talking points.

  • CrustyB

    Chris Christie can take a long walk down a short pier for all I care. But I noticed on the MSNBC page the headline was “A report, commissioned by Chris Christie, found the Chris Christie was not guilty, in a report commisioned by Chris Christie. Futhermore, the report commissioned by Chris Christie, to investigate Chris Christie, which was commissioned by Chris Christie…”

  • Pelosi Schmelosi

    As a father of a soon to be Air Force officer, may I salute you and your son. God Bless and thanks for your service!

  • maniakmedic

    “Not all feminists blah blah blah gender fluid blah blah blah Christians are mean so there blah blah blah.”

    Have I hit the main points?

  • Esther Williams

    The intellectual vanguard of today’s liberalism strikes me as being intentionally nefarious.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    Mr McCain wrote:

    The BridgeGate report’s finding that a romantic relationship may have contributed to the mess doesn’t mean that the woman is to blame. It takes two to tango, and workplace romances predictably undermine staff morale without regard to who we blame.

    Heteronormativist! I denounce you!

  • ZZZZZZZZ

    Yep.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    And remember the words of that great American philosopher, Jimmy Buffet: “There’s a woman to blame.”

  • Zohydro

    What an insight!

  • pabarge
  • pabarge

    Feminism is a culture of gender hatred.

  • Quartermaster

    No.

  • Rosalie

    You have. But let us not forget the victims. Oh, yes, the victims who harbor a lot of very bad things.

  • Rosalie

    I wonder what her next job will be?

  • Quartermaster

    When I was in Army Flight School in 1976 the Senior TAC Office was giving the first day lecture about who wouldn’t be there when it was over and so forth. Then he went in to where we would most likely be assigned after graduation. He named the first of the big 3, Bragg and Hood, but then added “You better have your life insurance paid up if they send you to Ft. Campbell.”

  • Esther Williams

    More like psychological bombardment in the form of repetition.

    For whatever reason, conservatives have a tendency to seriously under-estimate the power of the mass-media and the power of psychological warfare.

  • JeffS

    Wrong! He can run for the California state legislature.

  • maniakmedic

    Oh! I totally forgot the entire deck of victim excuse cards!

  • Rosalie

    What else would they have?

  • Rosalie

    You’re right about underestimating them. Breitbart didn’t, but now he’s gone. I hope we’re improving though.

  • Esther Williams

    There is something called the psychology of conflict. We should embrace it.

  • Mike G.

    a romantic relationship may have contributed to the mess doesn’t mean
    that the woman is to blame. It takes two to tango, and workplace
    romances predictably undermine staff morale without regard to who we
    blame. Suspicions of favoritism are one common consequence,

    Reminds me of two couples who had been previously stationed together stateside, then were reassigned to our radar site in the late 70’s.

    Both the men were NCOs, one being two grades higher than the other. The younger one was wed to a lithesome wench, also in the AF, who liked to flirt. The senior NCO had a hot wife too, a civilian, but he also had the hots for the younger gal.

    You know how rumors circulate…evidently the older NCO had had an affair with the younger NCO’s wife stateside and was trying to continue the relationship at their new posting.

    We had a pool going as to when the younger guy would find out and what he would do. Fortunately (or not), my enlistment was up and I returned stateside before anything happened.

  • Kirby McCain

    co-starring with Belle Knox?

  • Kirby McCain

    This whole affair is so trivial compared to the Administration’s use of the IRS as their private attack dog.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I am no fan of Chris Christie (or Kris Kristiekreme as I call him) but he is probably being set up over BridgeGate. Separated at Birth…

  • richard mcenroe

    But… but… Christie used TRAFFIC CONES! Obama never did… oh wait…

  • richard mcenroe

    But… but… Christie used TRAFFIC CONES! Obama never did… oh wait…

  • richard mcenroe

    But… but… Christie used TRAFFIC CONES! Obama never did… oh wait…

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Mr. Arbuckle was innocent is most areas of his life and was not a blowhard.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Mr. Arbuckle was innocent is most areas of his life and was not a blowhard.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Mr. Arbuckle was innocent is most areas of his life and was not a blowhard.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    As ‘The Older Woman who teaches the schoolgirl new lessons’?

  • JeffS

    Wait! What about … … Mangina?

  • JeffS

    Wait! What about … … Mangina?

  • JeffS

    Wait! What about … … Mangina?

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I agree there is a sort of Kosmic Karma to what is happening to Kris Kristiekreme. Still, those fucking Democrats need some pushback for this krap because it is meant to demean us all.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    And he was most certainly innocent of the sex charge against him: http://po.st/6XK1Y4

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Re: the Craig Henry piece – “Don’t get cocky, kid” is always good advice. However, I fail to see how this year’s midterm campaign has any resemblance to the errors preceding the German breakout at the Battle of the Bulge.

    What “intelligence” is the GOP willfully misinterpreting? What surprise attack do the Democrats plan? “War on women”? Old news. “Raise the minimum wage”? Not a secret plan.

    And the Allied intelligence before the Bulge was limited by overcast weather which reduced air recon and the fact they had reached close to the German border. While in France, coded radio transmissions were deciphered by the Enigma Machine, but the Germans had radio silence in their own territory, especially building for the offensive.

    It sounds good, but the history says it isn’t really an analogous situation.

  • Rosalie

    “Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” seems to be associated with the Republican Party a lot. Maybe that’s why.

  • http://proteinwisdom.com darleenclick

    Love the paratrooper t-shirt …

    My dad was 11th Airborne 46-48 (recalled for Korea but ended up a DI at Fort Ord) I have his paratrooper pin in my jewelry box.

  • Daniel O’Brien

    She’s got that hot librarian look going for her.

  • andycanuck
  • DaveO

    As a passenger on many a flight at Campbell, it wasn’t life insurance the pilots needed, but GPS.

  • DaveO

    For me, the key is GOP-RINO-$$$ disengagement from conservative, TEA Party candidates after nomination. The Playbook calls for RINOs only because they are playing for a Bush in 2016, not America’s survival in 2015.

  • DaveO

    Ultimately, Kelly will be used only to keep Christie out of the race. She’s too parochial a problem to have an impact on the national race(s). Too many people know too much about her and Bridgegate. What the Dems are looking for is another ambiguous death, such as an Asian man who died in a car accident, so he can be turned into a African-American Gay Man who Died Defending a Woman Getting an Abortion, in the same vein as the very successful fabulist creation that became Trayvon Martin.

  • Quartermaster

    In ’76 GPS was just a twinkle in DARPA’s eye.

    I lived in the Nashville area before and after and a Campbell crash would make the Channel 4 news 2-4 times a year. Most were not lethal, but it was enough to put the fear of God in you. At the time the Army was working out some of the techniques we take for granted now, but they were high risk then.