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Liberals Furious Over What Jim Mattis Just Did to Obama’s “Trans Soldiers” Order
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Well, folks, according to news reports, it looks as if an Obama-era mandate to allow transgender volunteers to serve in the military effective this summer has been delayed indefinitely, as senior military personnel from multiple branches of the armed forces continue to hold serious reservations about implementing the policy.
Per USA Today, on May 8, a memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work ordered heads of the armed services to gauge the military’s “readiness to begin accepting transgender applicants on July 1, 2017.”
The Pentagon press office released a statement in response to the memo that read, “The Secretary is awaiting the input of Services on May 31. When he receives that input he will make decisions based on readiness needs.” The assessments Work ordered were due back by May 31.
And now, according to Military Times, the move is on hold “as senior leaders within each of the services voice lingering concerns about the Obama-era policy intended to end discrimination but dismissed by critics as social experimentation.”
“The personnel policies of this Department are designed to enhance the warfighting readiness and lethality of the force that protects our country,” Work wrote. “We do not intend to reconsider prior decisions unless they cause readiness problems that could lessen our ability to fight, survive and win on the battlefield.”
Interestingly enough, it’s the specifics within that language – particularly the use of the word “unless” – which has opened the door for high-ranking military officers to criticize the policy.
“This could be seen as an opportunity to reconsider the policy,” said Brad Carson, a top official for military personnel under Carter and primary advocate for rescinding the ban on transgender troops. “It is certainly possible, and it would invite litigation. I do have full confidence in (Defense Secretary) Jim Mattis to do the right thing here.”
Perhaps Carson was right. At first, it was unclear how Mattis would rule on the matter, but in the past, he had questioned where such a policy would actually advance the military’s principal national security objectives. And now, with an indefinite hold placed on the policy, it appears Mattis has utilized the use of the words “unless they cause readiness problems that could lessen our ability to fight, survive and win on the battlefield” within the memo, and turned it into an opportunity to disrupt its implementation.
Nicely done, Mr. Mattis.