Allen West and Fox News are a match made in heaven, but that certainly doesn't stop West from bringing it straight to the airwaves as well. If you thought Rush Limbaugh was crazy, wait till you hear West and Michael Savage fret over militant feminists trying to undermine the military chain of command. But before that, Savage began by calling Senator Kirsten Gillibrand someone who "sounds like a college chick at a dorm."
Then they launched the frontal assault:
Savage told guest West: "When I watch these Khmer Rouge feminists try to take over the military, this looked like an attempted coup to me, Colonel West."
West replied: "Nah, you're absolutely right and that's a big concern that I have because when you start to get -- you know, I understand civilian oversight of the military. We all understand that as all officers who served in uniform. But when you start to have this interjection of, you know, political, you know, will against, you know, the military, good order and discipline, where you start to try to usurp the commanders' authority and I guess replace it with some type of political, legal officers, and things of that nature. Then the next thing you know, it goes from just dealing with this, you know, sexual assault thing to, you know, making decisions on the battlefield."
Savage and West went on to discuss whether sexual assaults in the military are actually a problem. When West said that "there may be a problem, without a doubt, with sexual assault," Savage interrupted by claiming that sexual assault claims can include men asking women out for "a beer." He then asked West, "how many of them are fraudulent claims? We don't know, do we?"
Why yes, of course, Mr. Savage. Women in the military make false complaints all the time in order to be ignored and humiliated. How militant of them. Seriously? I wish some Khmer Rouge militant woman would pants that jerk and parade him in front of her fellow guerrilla compatriots so he can feel just a small, tiny fraction of what it feels like when a male superior officer blows off a legitimate complaint of sexual assault as being "fraudulent" in order to protect the good old boys.
Really, it's all the fault of teh gays in the military, right?
"No we don't," West answered. "And furthermore, Dr. Savage, we don't know how many of them are female against male, you know, sexual assaults, or same-sex sexual assaults. So we don't have those numbers either."
The Department of Defense recently released its "Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military" and found that up to 26,000 service members may have been the victim of some form of sexual assault. The Army Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program has stated that "[s]exual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent."
Allen West's nonsense is to be expected. After all, this is the guy who brags about torturing an Iraqi policeman like it's something to be proud of, even though it ended his military career. Michael Savage, on the other hand, must have taken some strong hallucinogens before starting his show that day, because he was just on Planet Stupid.
Laura Clawson at Daily Kos is so right about this:
First off, "you're absolutely right"? Someone talks about "Khmer Rouge feminists" and, never mind straight-up disagreeing with him, you don't even say "WTF is a Khmer Rouge feminist?" I mean, really, in what way does trying to reduce sexual assault = genocidal dictatorship? That is a question I would like to see answered, in all seriousness.
Laura, don't even try to understand this. We don't live on Planet Stupid and they do. That's all you need to know.