Vice President Pence has joined former President George Bush in making unfortunate and inaccurate declarations of American victories against arch enemies, because on the day that US service members were killed in an ISIS-claimed attack in Syria, Pence declared that "the caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated."
Bad timing, Mr. Vice President. Kinda like when President George Bush stood on the aircraft carrier U.S.S.
Abraham Lincoln and announced to the world that the war in Iraq had been won, so no need to worry any more. He stood under a big banner that proclaimed, "Mission Accomplished." We all know how that went.
Pence made his remarks to the Global Chiefs of Mission conference at the State Department. Too bad for him, those remarks came about an hour after the US-led coalition confirmed that four Americans had been killed in a bombing in Manbij. Two were service members, one was a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and the other was a contractor working for DoD.
What will President Trump do now? After all, he's announced that the U.S. is pulling out of Syria and it was learned yesterday that withdrawal already has begun.
If he retaliates against ISIS in some way, that means he's acknowledging that the terrorist organization has not been defeated, contrary to his claims -- the ones that were parroted by his sycophant-in-chief, Vice President Pence. But if he doesn't retaliate, he'll be seen as weak. And we all know he can't allow that to happen.
And what happened to Trump's claim that, unlike President Obama, he would never announce in advance what the U.S. would do when it came to troop withdrawals and the like. He roundly criticized Obama for that. Now, he's done the same thing.
Actually, we shouldn't be surprised at Trump's tactics and we shouldn't be too hard on the vice-president, who, after all, has made sucking up to Trump and repeating his claims, truthful or not, an absolute art form.
Now to the 'Moral Purity' Part
Coincidentally, it was on the same day that all of this was reported -- today -- that we learned that Pence's wife, is now teaching art to elementary school students in a school that requires parents to disavow gay marriage and transgender identity.
As reported by The Washington Post, Immanuel Christian School, a private K-8 school in Springfield, Va., clearly states its position in its employment application. Applicants are required to initial a set of standards that begins with a promise that they are born-again Christians.
They must pledge to “live a personal life of moral purity."
“I understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union as delineated in Scripture," the section says, adding that God intended sexual acts to occur only between “a man and a woman who are married to each other.”
“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law,” it says.
The VP's office, asked about this, basically said, "Oh, what's the fuss about? She taught there for 12 years. Now she's just gone back," or something to that effect.
What gets me about all of that -- aside from the obvious sexual discrimination -- is the school's supposed focus on moral purity. The Pence's are known for their religion-focused conservatism. That's great.
But how can they, in good conscience, serve President Trump, the personification of evil? And how can Mr. Pence continue to defend, parrot, and kiss up to that man?
Are those fair questions?