Americans have become accustomed to terrorist organizations using the holidays to issue threats, but these threats typically come from al-Qaeda, or any of the many assorted oddball extremists and causes. Such organizations rely on the significance and symbolism of such commemorations to push their own backward, ill-informed, jaded agendas.
The press has taken a page from the terrorist playbook by choosing Memorial Day as an opportune, symbolic moment to attack Chris Kyle, the honored dead, and to run an offensive against the military and veterans as a whole. The Intercept chose to dissect Chris Kyle’s reputation last week, joining in the emerging trend of propagating creative (read: deceptive) editorial that has opened up a new rhetorical dimension in communication from the agenda-based press.
The argument made by the Intercept challenges Chris Kyle’s DD-214, and rests on speculation provided by anonymous sources, contextualizing the comments, and reading into the unwillingness of Kyle’s former commanders and teammates to comment on Kyle and his military record. If the Intercept had bothered to look at the military separation process for the generation of a DD-214, it would note that nothing can be listed on the DD-214 without official and verified records and documentation to support their inclusion. This process is often painstaking for many military service members, as they scramble to collect their records for separation from service.
This is a necessity due to the military’s absolutely disgraceful and poorly managed official personnel management system, unrealistic time management given by commanders to separating soldiers, and a steady practice of failing to provide service members with the appropriate documentation to support their achievements. Across the broad spectrum of the Department of Defense, there has been an ongoing inability to track and record the complete record of all service members. This problem only expands after a service member has separated from service.