VIRGINIA MESSICK was an Air Force recruit in training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in April 2011 when Staff Sgt. Luis Walker instructed her to meet him in a dorm room during a cleaning detail. He then “proceeded to rape me,” according to Messick, who tells her story in this New York Times video, a consummate work of propaganda, complete with a close-up shot of Messick’s engagement ring.
Let’s get this story straight.
Messick was in training to be a soldier. She was in the military. And yet she did nothing to defend herself in a safe and secure building in friendly territory against a man who demanded she engage in sexual intercourse. According to her own account, she did not scream out. She did not punch him and run away. She did not push him to the ground. She did not even tell anyone for months. She was psychologically intimidated because Walker was her superior. But why would someone with as little assertiveness as Messick be of value to the military, except perhaps to clean toilets, make beds or answer phones?
Walker is now serving a 20-year sentence for assaults against ten women recruits, none of whom apparently possessed the ability to defend themselves. It is perfectly normal for women to lack the ability to defend themselves against men. But if that perfectly normal state of affairs were recognized for what it is we would not have women in harm’s way in the military and we would not have a public outcry against sexual assault in the military. Certainly Walker’s behavior was a disgrace, but he is not the only one guilty of wrongdoing here. Our military leaders are accomplices for their utter failure to resist the feminization of the military. For every year Walker spends in jail, the commanders who have smoothed the way for people like Messick to be in training, and who believe that men and women will work in intimate quarters and never interact as men and women, should serve two years. And Messick herself is guilty for viewing the military as a place simply to get ahead and establish a career and for her failure to refuse to obey Walker’s orders. Shame on her. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for her. As I have said before, women join the military not to defend their country but to destroy it.
Get a load of some of the photos of Messick in the video. Someone who poses in this way sheds serious doubt on her innocence. But then the entire Lackland assault case is an exercise in un-reality. Only by disregarding the obvious can we view the publicity surrounding this series of assaults as anything but a manifestation of mass delusion.
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