by BOB UNRUH
One of the most shocking and potentially destructive orders from former President Barack Obama – opening up the U.S. military to transgender individuals – Wednesday was reversed by President Donald Trump.
The Obama decision, if left unchanged, would have forced U.S. soldiers to work under the most intense, life-endangering conditions alongside gender confused individuals undergoing a variety of treatments and put American taxpayers on the hook for what could have been hundreds of millions of dollars in medical procedures.
Critics had pointed out that transgenders may have been unable to fulfill their military obligations under any circumstances because of ongoing medical treatment they would require.
Trump said enough was enough. On Twitter, he said, “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”
The door opened by Obama was just one of his efforts to focus the nation’s military on social experiments. He also had his defense secretary, Ash Carter, open all combat roles to women and named the first openly homosexual Army secretary.
The New York Times reported the announcement at this time may have been linked to money.
“The president’s announcement came amid a debate on Capitol Hill over the Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for medical treatment related to gender transition. The dispute has unfolded as Congress considers a nearly $700 billion spending bill to fund the Pentagon. Representative Vicky Hartzler, Republican of Missouri, has proposed an amendment that would bar the Pentagon from spending money on transition surgery or related hormone therapy,” the report said.
It’s not the first pro-LGBT advocacy position Obama had created in the U.S. that has fallen. Trump also reversed a mandate from Obama that public schools open their girls restrooms and showers to boys, and vice versa. Critics of the Trump administration also complained he did not recognize LGBT Pride in June.
The Washington Post pointed out that activists for such social agendas in the military were unhappy.
The paper reported Richard Socarides, a longtime “gay” advocate who advised President Bill Clinton on homosexuals in uniform, called Trump’s decision “a tragic betrayal of all LGBT Americans and a shameful effort to win over social conservatives at the expense of the vulnerable.”
The announcement from the president came just two weeks after the House rejected an amendment to a defense policy bill that would have blocked the Pentagon from offering gender transition therapies to active duty service members.
But there had been a move already to delay implementation of Obama’s full transgender agenda.
Earlier this month it was announced the Pentagon had delayed its social-engineering plan to allow newly enlisted transgendered people in the ranks.
The Family Research Council said at the time of the decision by Defense Secretary James Mattis that it was right, because the agenda “directly undermines unit readiness as well as religious and conscience objections.”
The new deadline for the policy had been set then for Jan. 1, 2018.
The plan that was halted would have allowed incoming service members identifying as “transgender” to enlist if they have been “stable” in their gender identity for 18 months.
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council’s executive vice president, warned then personnel who identify as transgender would be getting exceptions to policies and medical requirements that their peers will still be required to meet.
“These exceptions may be applied to policies about everything from physical and mental fitness standards to dress and presentation standards, and they create an unfairness that will undermine unit cohesion and morale,” he said.
Recent polling showed only 23 percent of Americans thought the military should start enlisting transgenders, as Obama had demanded.
Mattis, who had lobbied for a delay, issued a statement just before the deadline.
“Since becoming the secretary of defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: Will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation? It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military services.”
Two dozen Republicans joined all Democrats in the recent vote, which now may be moot.
It was an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that would have banned Pentagon funding of surgeries for transgenders in the U.S. military that failed to pass the House by a vote of 209-214.
Before March 2015, a transgender would have been summarily discharged from service based solely on the fact that he/she was confused about their gender. Gender dysphoria has always been considered by the American Psychiatric Association as a psychological condition.
But under Obama that changed. The U.S. military not only allowed transgenders to enlist but it began recruiting them.
It was a recently released CMR Special Report from Elaine Donnelly, of the Center for Military Readiness, that revealed the absurd and sometimes bizarre plans incorporated in Obama administration transgender mandates.
The 27-page CMR Special Report discloses and provides links to 15 Defense Department and military service directives that are based on politically correct beliefs that defy science and common sense. These expendable administrative directives, written in consultation with LGBT activist groups and like-minded contractors such as RAND, deserve serious congressional review, measured against requirements of military readiness, Donnelly said.
“Social experiments with the lives of people who deserve better will create many problems that detract from impacts on morale and readiness,” she said.
She provided the following examples of potential problems:
- Unlimited expenditures for lifetime hormone treatments and sometimes irreversible surgeries. (Transgender advocates demand special status for recruits seeking lifetime medical benefits despite deployability problems. They also demand coverage for veterans in an already over-loaded system, and for family dependents, including minor children);
- Infringements on personal privacy in conditions of forced intimacy;
- Demoralizing pressures on military commanders, doctors, and nurses to approve, participate in, or perform procedures that violate medical ethics or sincerely-held personal or religious convictions;
- Negative impacts on morale and cohesion when side effects from transgender treatments and surgeries negatively affect combat deployability and readiness;
- Establishment of a network of remote “Service Central Coordination Cells” (SCCCs) allowing LGBT consultants to politicize the Military Health System;
- Erosion of trust in military leaders who endorse medical delusions; and
- Diversion of scarce time and resources in pursuit of politically-correct social agendas that are not consistent with sound priorities in the military.
Soldiers already had been demanding, on constitutional freedom grounds, exemptions from the military’s required social engineering training that was going along with the mandates.
Why is all this happening? In his widely acclaimed new book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” award-winning journalist David Kupelian stunningly documents – in a chapter titled “Gender Madness” – precisely what the transgender phenomenon is really all about. Prepare to be shocked.
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