One of the privileges that goes
with American citizenship is the opportunity to become
a commissioned officer in the U. S. Armed Forces. You
can be drafted as a resident alien, when there`s a
draft, or you can join
in the ranks as a foreigner, but you can`t be an
officer unless you`re a U. S. citizen. This is
because the law recognizes the importance of loyalty.
(It`s an old law.)
In the Fifties, the Lodge
Bill allowed people who were willing to fight for
the U. S. to fast-track towards citizenship,(service
overseas counting as U.S. residency, of course.)
The Green Berets, by Colonel Charles M.
Simpson III, tells the story of Stefan
Mazak and others who refugeed out of Communist
countries, and joined Special Forces which needs
soldiers who are genuinely fluent in foreign
Simpson writes, “In the early
days of the Forces, such men gave it Foreign
Legion flavor. The team rooms were heavy with
foreign accents, and the rosters looked like a Notre
Dame football team.”
Stefan Mazak performed
incredible feats for Special Forces in the Congo and
in Vietnam, where he was killed. While his English
skills weren`t totally up to par, he had been recruited
more for needed Czechoslovakian fluency than for
English skills – totally different from the modern
attitude that we mustn`t discriminate
against people with substandard English.
This is the kind of man that makes
immigration look good. (If you wonder why I`m going
out of my way to say nice things about these
particular immigrants, there are two reasons: they
really are loyal, and an asset to the United States,
and since I may have occasion to train with them in
the future – I do martial arts – I don`t want them
Nevertheless, the presence of
foreign nationals in the Army will always bring up the
question of loyalty. During the Cold War, there was
not a lot of danger that the refugees from Communism
would feel any loyalty to the governments
of their native countries, which were under Russian
occupation at the time. Many foreign-born Green Berets
had relatives behind the Iron Curtain, who would have
been endangered if their governments had known that a
relative was serving in Special Forces. Part of the SF
tradition of total secrecy (“If I tell you that,
I`ll have to kill you.”) comes from these men.
Readers of W.
E. B. Griffin`s Brotherhood
Of War series will remember this, and there`s a
scene in The
Berets where a Sergeant has to remind the
fictional Karl-Heinz Wagner that he`s taken an oath
"without any mental reservation or purpose of
he became a U.S. Army NCO. Wagner`s reservation is
that while he hates Communism, he doesn`t want to be
involved in spying on his former country.
Similarly, in the most recent
book of the Griffin series, Special
Ops, a Cuban refugee is recruited, based on
the very careful
judgment of a board of officers that he`s not a
penetration agent for Castro, and on his word that he
won`t use his position to try to obtain private
revenge on Che Guevara.
They seem to have stopped asking
those tough questions.
In 1999 SF Sergeant Ali
was indicted for helping Osama bin Laden by training
his men in “various military techniques including
urban fighting, guerrilla fighting and evasion of
surveillance." (He plead
There are a fair number of
Muslims in the U.S. Army today. The Chaplain`s
Corps is making allowances and so is the
Quartermaster Corps, although it will be a long time
before pork is eliminated from all the rations.
(Wanted, a religion that abominates lima beans.)
U.S. Army transport planes fly Muslim
soldiers to Mecca on regular basis. Now, I`m
sure most of those people are loyal.
But sometimes most isn`t good enough. One man in the
wrong place can do a lot of damage.
In Tom Clancy`s Executive
Orders, one of the President`s bodyguards, an
Iranian-American sleeper agent named Jeff Rahman, is
in position to assassinate President Ryan, and is
waiting for the order and the opportunity to do so.
Since Clancy always has happy
endings, Rahman fails, but in the meantime, readers
throughout the English speaking world were jumping up
and down and yelling “You`ve got an Iranian guarding the President!
Are you crazy?”
Now it`s a fact that the
fictional Rahman, like the real Sergeant Mohamed, was
a U.S. citizen. You have to be to be a Secret
Service agent. But the people responsible for
assigning him knew he was born in Iran, which Clancy
piously notes doesn`t make him the only suspect.
Clancy is an immigration enthusiast himself, but since
he makes his living writing books about foreign
terrorists trying to commit mass murder in the US, his
books tend to support VDARE`s point of view.
It`s not only immigrants from
distant foreign lands who can cause loyalty problems.
John Rohmfeld of Texas complains bitterly that his
Corpus Christi National Guard unit was composed of
ninety percent Hispanic soldiers, many of whom were a
hundred percent disloyal to the United States.
In other words, the people doing
the protecting are
the cousins of the potential invaders. If they feel,
as a Hispanic supervisor apparently told Rohmfeld, “I am first a Mexican and not a
f****** American!", how can they be effective
In any list of army
values, loyalty must come first. Machiavelli used
about the condottieri,
hired guns of the Renaissance period, that they
were “doubtful, unfaithful, and dangerous”. The
best form of army for any principality, he said was
Machiavelli was one of those
writers who are always citing the
past, because rarely does anything happen for the
first time, and he said:
And if the first disaster to the
Roman Empire should be examined, it will be found to
have commenced only with the enlisting of the Goths;
because from that time the vigor of the Roman Empire
began to decline, and all that valor which had raised
it passed away to others.
the U.S. have “passed away to others” without
August 15, 2001