Let’s see, the Attorney General is in the dock. North Korea still has nukes and ICBMs. Obamacare still has to be fixed – somehow. I mean the news that was made on the host’s show alone yesterday was substantial, but no. When it comes to shear volume of words written today, the big news is this tweet from the president:
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.
That is perhaps the most commonsense decision the man has made since taking office, and yet the NYTimes wrote a huge piece on the “controversy.” It ain’t cheap to be transgendered, not to mention the amount of time that has to be dedicated to preserving the appearance, etc. People are disqualified from military service everyday because some physical reality prevents them from being able to do what people in the military are supposed to be able to do. This just seems like another case of that. But oh no, this is biased somehow. Is it biased that my eyesight meant I could never fly for the Air Force? (Something I really wanted to do when I was young.) Is it biased that a young friend of mine, recent graduate of the Naval Academy, could not get into school to be a fighter pilot because he was too tall for the cockpit? This is not bias, it is just practicality.
But in this era we never seem to let practicality get in the way of our agenda, even the practicality of the military’s actual agenda. The job of the military, as Colin Powell put it so aptly during Desert Storm, is to “break things and kill people.” And when they are not doing that, their job is to plan and train to do that, as effectively and efficiently as possible. The military is not a place for social experimentation for such saps resources from its primary mission. And if ever an organization needed to be tightly focused, its the military. When they lose focus, you know what happens? They break things and kill people they are not targeting. That’s a very, very bad thing indeed.
All the president is doing here is focusing the military on its mission. We need them so focused.