Mil­i­tary pur­pose de­fense, not equal­ity

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

This ab­surd pol­icy of ac­cept­ing trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als into the armed forces of the United States must be ter­mi­nated. Good or­der and dis­ci­pline within the ranks, plus re­spect and trust among the troops, are ab­so­lute re­quire­ments for an ef­fec­tive and vi­able mil­i­tary-com­mand struc­ture. The pres­ence of trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als in the ranks de­bases this ef­fi­ciency (“Pen­tagon con­tin­ues LGBT pride cel­e­bra­tion; con­ser­va­tives say it’s a shame in Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Web, June 11).

For those left-wing types in Wash­ing­ton who have for­got­ten, the role of the mil­i­tary is to de­fend this na­tion against all en­e­mies, both for­eign and do­mes­tic. Sin­gu­larly, the in­sti­tu­tion is a war-fight­ing ma­chine. Its mis­sion is to kill the en­emy. It is not a plat­form for so­cial engi­neer­ing, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness or gen­der equal­ity.

Na­tional de­fense readi­ness, as well as the vi­tal se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of the United States, are at stake here. In this con­text, new De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis has no al­ter­na­tive but to ab­ro­gate for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama and for­mer De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter’s trans­gen­der poli­cies, thereby lib­er­at­ing to­day’s mil­i­tary from this non­sen­si­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing Amer­ica’s bas­tion of lib­eral egal­i­tar­i­an­ism.

EARL BEAL Terre Haute, Ind.

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