We’ve Heard This Explanation Before

They said that having black people in the military would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Well, they let black people in the military and the units got over it, survived, and thrived.

They said having gay people in the military would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Well, they let gay people in the military and the units got over it, survived, and thrived.

And now they want to keep transgender people out of the military, saying they would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Agent Orange said permitting transgender people in the military would result in “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

And the New York Times reported on his spokesperson’s explanation:

The president, Ms. Sanders said, had concluded that allowing transgender people to serve openly “erodes military readiness and unit cohesion, and made the decision based on that.”

The president said he consulted his generals on this decision.  He didn’t.  They were as surprised as anyone by the edict and have indicated that they disagree and are not terribly interested in enforcing it.

Even the extreme conservatives who lobbied Agent Orange on this issue weren’t asking for a complete transgender ban.  All they wanted was for the U.S. government not to foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery.

If not now then certainly eventually, transgender people will be permitted to serve in the armed forces.  When they do, the units will get over it, survive, and thrive.

They always do.

(See an excellent West Wing clip about this issue here.)

 

 

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On July 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I remember the episode (with Fitz commenting, right?) without viewing the clip. What’s interesting to me is that it seems like this was just meant to distract from healthcare. Distraction and attention grabbing seem to be the only real strategies. P.T. Barnam as POTUS. How long can this last? The damage that can be done in four or (God help us) eight years?!

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On July 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Of COURSE you would remember that scene. As for distraction, I agree on the tactic but disagree on the objective: I think he was trying to distract us from the Russia investigation, not health care. And now we have the Trump administration’s new gift to bloggers: Scaramucci. I have three short pieces in the queue for next week and am considering a fourth. Stay tuned.

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