This is one perspective, and I know of no reason it should be considered illegitimate. I tend to agree that the reason for forcing the military to accept transgendered people is an emotional one. “It’s not fair!” is the tantrum-cry of a spoiled child, not a reason-based argument. To me, the question is whether the military will be better at its primary mission if transgendered people are in it. That should be the only question in consideration of what the rules ought to be.
A soldier who went through basic training with the LGBT Community’s newest most favorite traitor has an interesting account of what it was like to be in the same company as Private Manning, and wishes to set the record straight about the left-wing propaganda being circulated in order to gain sympathy for Manning. .
These are the facts: Chelsea Manning was timid and small, but she certainly wasn’t the only one. There were dozens of recruits – male and female – in the last cycle of Charlie 82d that autumn who were under 5’4” and couldn’t have weighed more than 140lbs. Some were physically uncoordinated and seemingly had never spent a day outdoors in their entire lives. Others were natural athletes with a killer instinct that always seemed to put them on top, no matter what the challenge. Some had nothing to prove, and some had everything to prove. It wasn’t size, or stature, or speed, or strength, or even the ability to finish all the events that decided how high a recruit could hold her head in the community. That is a fact.
What is not accurate is the false and felonious image of the U.S. military on which the defense of her conduct has been, at its root, predicated: that somehow everyone in her formative years in the military was practically part of a tribe of 6’2”, overly-aggressive Alpha males pumping testosterone out their pores who ganged up on the smallest in the group and tore her apart out of hyper-machismo intolerance; that War is so brutish and nasty, that Warriors too must be. That is simply not accurate. Chelsea Manning wasn’t being picked on at the Shark Attack when the Drill Sergeants said she had to lift her own bag like everyone else, and she said she couldn’t. She wasn’t being picked on when those Soldiers tried to help motivate her to lift the Jerry Can over her head and even picked up their own and did the exercise again, with her, out of solidarity. And when she faked a choking fit in the middle of the Dining Facility, it wasn’t because someone else was tormenting her – she was tormenting herself.
A Dingbat Senator from New York thinks the most important thing the US Military has to do is cater to the feelings of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendereds. General Mattis has this crazy idea that the most important for the US Military is to be able to win wars and protect the country.
KRISTEN GILLIBRAND: Do you believe that allowing LGBT Americans to serve in the military or women in combat is undermining our lethality?
JAMES MATTIS: Frankly, senator, I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with.
MATTIS: Senator, my concern is on the readiness of the force to fight and to make certain it’s at the top of its game so when we go up against an enemy, the criteria for everything we do in the military up until that point our young men and women across the line of departure is they will be at their most lethal stance. That’s my obligation, as I move into this job.
One hopes that when the adults are in charge, the military can once again focus on military matters and stop doing idiotic cupid stunts like this.
Army ROTC cadets are complaining on message boards that they were pressured to walk in high heels on Monday for an Arizona State University campus event designed to raise awareness of sexual violence against women.
The Army openly encouraged participating in April’s “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” events in 2014, but now it appears as though ROTC candidates at ASU were faced with a volunteer event that became mandatory.
“Attendance is mandatory and if we miss it we get a negative counseling and a ‘does not support the battalion sharp/EO mission’ on our CDT OER for getting the branch we want. So I just spent $16 on a pair of high heels that I have to spray paint red later on only to throw them in the trash after about 300 of us embarrass the U.S. Army tomorrow,” one anonymous cadet wrote on the social media sharing website Imgr, IJReview reported Monday.
In the locker room after my workout on Thursday, I overheard once ROTC giving another one grief for a uniform violation; he was wearing US Army shorts to work out in but had paired them with a non-Army T-shirt. It may seem like a trivial thing, but the business of an Army is to kill people and blow sh-t up, and in that high stakes environment, discipline is of the utmost importance.
But some dingbat decided forcing her troops to engage in SJW-inspired idiocy was more important. She’ll probably run for office later as a “veteran.”
So, here we are two days from Thanksgiving and by odd coincidence, that other Turkey is in the news. That other Turkey shot down a Russian military jet overnight, which may have been prompted by Russia attacking the oil shipments Turkey has been receiving from ISIS-held territory in Iraq. (That Turkey’s population has a certain amount of sympathy for the Islamist cause is not much of a secret.) Since other news sites are all over this, there’s probably no need to get into it here, unless there’s a gay angle.
Guess what, there’s totally a gay angle. It has to do with the Turkish Army. Turks can still avoid military service by claiming to be gay, but the Government has always demanded proof.
Turkey makes it difficult for potential conscriptees to avoid the draft, generally making exceptions only for those who are sick, disabled or homosexual. To receive an exemption based on their sexuality, men must publicly declare they are gay — a declaration that ensures discrimination will follow them for the rest of their lives. It’s either that, or they must successfully hide their gay identity for a year.
Last week, however, the military silently amended the most controversial provisions in the regulation. Doctors will now merely observe the behaviors homosexuals display and the verbal declarations they make.
Obama’s nominee to be Secretary of the Army has not served in combat, has not even served in the military. He has little or no executive experience, but has been a lifelong bureaucratic hack and Democrat Party Apparatchik. His one and only qualification for the office would seem to be his sexual orientation.
The youthful-looking Secretary-designee, Acting Undersecretary Eric Fanning comes by his youthful looks honestly: he’s young (46) and callow, a career midrange bureaucrat without significant executive experience (.pdf), or private-sector experience, although he’s been parked in Democratic lobbying firms during Republican administrations. He has never served in the military and has never displayed much respect for those who do and have. They are there to serve him. He has never held a job in the productive economy.
Why pick him, then? To Send A Message™, to count a valuable bean among people for whom the military exists to enable bean-counting. Fanning is fabulously gay, and his tasking is to increase the social engineering pressure on the Army to make it more friendly to GLBTQWERTY individuals, and more hostile to those who are not, whilst presiding over the readiness and end-strength declines he’s already been managing as Acting Undersecretary. He has said that his highest priorities are to forbid criticism of gay (etc) soldiers and to encourage transgender soldiers.
Can’t add anything to that brutal assessment, spot on, it is.
Protection of the United States is not a priority of the Obama Regime; appeasing domestic interest groups is. In addition to being led by an unqualified, incompetent party hack to make a political statement, the US Army has been gutted by the Obama Regime and is down to 450,000 troops. That is smaller than the Armies of Pakistan (550,000 troops), India (1,100,000 troops) Chinese People’s Liberation Army Ground Forces (1,600,000 troops), North Korea (950,000 troops). It is the same size as the Russian Army. Iran’s Army is not much smaller, 350,000 troops. ISIS, (whom Obama dismissed as “the JV Team” not so long ago) has 200,000 troops and continues to grow.
About that, we have now learned that the Army was ordered to cook the books to show that the regime’s scheme of limited attacks against ISIS were more successful than they actually were. None of the people who were Outraged(TM) that George W. Bush allegedly lied about national intelligence seem to be the least bit upset when Obama does it to make it seem like his failing policies are actually working.
Lesbians are the most specialist snowflakes of all. Their mating rituals must never be interrupted.
The Army is moving to discharge a decorated combat pilot who intervened to stop two lesbian officers from showing what he considered inappropriate affection on the dance floor during a full-dress formal ball at Fort Drum, New York, in 2012.
A warrant officer had approached Col. Downey and complained that their prolonged French kissing, buttocks grabbing and disrobing of Army jackets violated Army rules against inappropriate displays of public affection while in uniform on base, his attorney said.
He said the captain, who since has left the Army, complained that she and her girlfriend, whom she later married and then divorced, were victims of discrimination.
Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers
Traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning is an Honorary Grand Martial of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade; but the National Guard is, as Elizabeth Warren would say, “Heap unwelcome.”
The board of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee rejected a request from the Guard to set up an informational booth at Civic Center Plaza during Pride Weekend.
The military’s current ban on transgender service members serving openly, minority recruitment tactics, and sexual assault scandals were factors in the board’s decision, Pride Executive Director George Ridgely told LGBT news weekly Bay Area Reporter.
Maybe the Guard will be more welcome at the Folsom Street Fair.
President Obama’s aggressive reduction of American military power to pre-World War II levels (while environmental policies force them to buy biofuel at $59 per gallon) will have an adverse impact on minorities.
The Pentagon’s proposed defense cuts – shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size since before World War II – has Hispanic war veterans concerned about the thousands of current military personnel who are going to lose their jobs and worried about lost opportunities for the next generation of Latino youths.
That’s Obama for you, he lets gays into the military. Then, he destroys the military. But in the attitude of Democrats like Barack Obama and John Kerry only losers end up in the military anyway; and instead of learning the value of hard work, honor, and discipline, those people will be better off on the welfare, food stamp, and Obamacare programs those cuts to the military will help pay for. It’s not as though they can all get jobs in the booming Obama recovery. But maybe a few lucky ones with criminal records can get hired as Obamacare Navigators.
Update: Sensing Obama’s weakness, US Adversaries begin expanding aggressively.
All week, I’ve had a nagging feeling that the GP blog should say something on this…but what? And why? After all, it’s just celebrity nonsense.
But I will make this easy observation: If Manning likes men, and always felt herself to be a woman, then she was never actually a gay man whose struggle with homosexuality drove her actions. She was/is just a straight woman who broke her oath.