Once again, Barack Hussein Obama is telling us what he deems a vital national security interest.
As reported by CBS in San Francisco, an independent commission led by former U.S. surgeon general Jocelyn Elders has concluded there “is no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving in the military, and President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban — without approval from Congress.
The report said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people from joining or remaining in the military on the grounds of psychological and physical unfitness are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align their bodies and gender identities.
“We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve components,” said the commission led by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who served as surgeon general during Bill Clinton’s first term as president, and Rear Adm. Alan Steinman, a former chief health and safety director for the Coast Guard.
And so the fundamental transformation of America continues — especially for the U.S. military. Who cares about the capability and capacity of our military to meet emerging threats and adversaries on the modern 21st Century battlefield? We’re having a gay old time – who says serving is a drag? Not the folks at Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa. Oh, did you miss the video of the drag fundraiser?
You might recall our report on the classification of a new medical condition called “gender dysphoria” and how liberal progressives are seeking to use taxpayer dollars to treat this condition. I guess that’s the bottom line here.
According to CBS, The Palm Center, whose San Francisco State-based think tank — who previously researched “don’t ask, don’t tell” — commissioned the report, was funded in part by a $1.3 million grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire former Army lieutenant colonel who came out as transgender last year — yep, just follow the money — liberal progressive special interest money, that is.
The Williams Institute, a think-tank based at UCLA, estimates about 15,500 transgender personnel are currently serving, nearly all under their birth genders and not transitioning in an appearance-altering way.
The ban also appears based on the assumption that providing hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgeries would be too difficult, disruptive and expensive. But the commission rejected those notions as inconsistent with modern medical practice and the scope of health care services routinely provided to non-transgender military personnel.
So get ready American taxpayers, your dollars aren’t needed to support good pay for our troops and veterans, nor ensure military families have access to commissaries — your dollars are desperately needed to provide treatments for gender dysphoria. Free.
Transgender rights advocates have been lobbying the Pentagon to revisit the blanket ban in the U.S. since Congress in 2010 repealed the law that barred gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from openly serving in the military. Looks like these small special interest groups hold more power than VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, or other groups who are working to decrease veteran’s benefits claims processing times.
In fact, the commission recommends the president issue an executive order instructing the Department of Defense to amend its regulations so transgender people are no longer automatically barred.
As always, the Obama administration seeks out some former Army officer to tout their case. Retired Brigadier General Thomas Kolditz, a former Army commander and West Point professor on the commission, said he thinks allowing transgender people to serve openly would reduce gender-based harassment, assaults and suicides while enhancing national security. He cited a recent case of convicted traitor, Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.
“When you closet someone, you create a security risk, and we don’t need another Chelsea Manning,” Kolditz said, referring to the soldier formerly known as Bradley who came out as transgender after being sentenced for leaking classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
Do you think it matters if anyone in the military is labeled a “homophobe?” Do you think our country is any safer because transgender folks can serve openly? Lets ask Vladimir Putin. Let’s ask Hassan Rouhani. Let’s ask Kim Jung Un. Let’s ask the leaders of every Islamic terrorist group. It truly does not matter what I think. But always remember, the enemy has a vote.