As the world becomes as unstable as it has been in quite some time, thanks to economic concerns and the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine and its possible consequences, President Joe Biden and his administration made a bizarre — and frightening — request to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
According to Fox News, the Pentagon just asked SCOTUS to partially block a lower court ruling that placed an injunction on preventing unvaccinated, religious exemption-seeking U.S. Navy SEALs from deploying.
The injunction came about last year as a group of 35 Navy SEALs sued to undo a temporary block that prevented the special operations teams from deploying. A Texas-based federal judge not only made it possible for the unvaccinated SEALs to deploy, but he also banned “military commanders from making any changes to their military assignments due to their unvaccinated status,” Fox noted.
In an emergency order filed with the high court on Monday, Biden’s Pentagon leadership wrote that the federal judge’s order “requires the Navy to assign and deploy them without regard to their lack of vaccinations, notwithstanding military leaders’ judgment that doing so poses intolerable risks to safety and mission success.”
Why block them?
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly disappeared overnight, along with plummeting case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths, the Pentagon appears to be extremely worried about a SEAL team member catching the virus.
“The Navy has an extraordinarily compelling interest in ensuring that the service members who perform those missions are as physically and medically prepared as possible,” the Pentagon’s filing with SCOTUS read. “That includes vaccinating them against COVID-19, which is the least restrictive means of achieving that interest.”
One Navy commander, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William K. Lescher, argued that a mission could be “compromised” if even one member of a team contracts the virus.
However, many have argued that now, especially, is not the time to restrict America’s finest and most skilled warriors from deploying to critical missions abroad.
“This administration is beyond ridiculous. They make the world a far more dangerous place, and now they sue to tie the hands of those patriots in a position to help…for an outdated, illegitimate reason. It’s like they want to put us in greater danger,” tweeted Fox News’ David Asman.
What will happen?
Because of the rules of the emergency filing with SCOTUS, the defense team representing the SEALs will have until March 14 to respond to the request, which will then be considered as the high court issues a decision.
However, it should be noted that whatever decision SCOTUS decides, it, too, will be temporary, as the final ruling will have to be decided in the lower courts.
Many on social media are asking the scariest question, which is why the Biden administration is working overtime and dedicating Pentagon resources in an effort to block our best warriors from doing their job. The answer to that is probably truly bone-chilling.