Special to WorldTribune.com
The U.S. military is more prepared than ever – to fight climate change and allow soldiers to use their gender-identified restrooms.
The liberalization of the Pentagon appears to be President Barack Obama’s lone battlefield victory and the nation’s military leaders, with the possible exception of the Marine Corps, are squarely behind him, according to a report by national security correspondent Rowan Scarborough.
“Perhaps not since Harry S. Truman’s landmark 1948 order to racially integrate the military has a president unleashed his own collective social revolution on the Pentagon with such success. In the process, the building also has become one of the administration’s loudest voices on battling climate change, even as its ability to fight one major war on schedule is in doubt due to budget cuts,” Scarborough wrote for the Washington Times on April 24.
Soldiers now celebrate Earth Day with the same reverence as Veteran’s Day; the White House has given the Defense Department a gun control mission; and the “white privilege” movement has even “invaded some military units.”
Obama supporters say the president gained another victory on the PC front when the Army recently announced women will be permitted to try out for armor and infantry jobs.
“President Obama has not ‘won’ anything,” said Elaine Donnelly, who directs the Center for Military Readiness. “Social experiments that Obama imposed over the best professional advice of military leaders have weakened morale and combat readiness. Abundant Marine Corps research that the president ignored indicates that gender-mixed units will be slower, less strong and less effective in combat operations 69 percent of the time.”
Soldiers also now have the right to “self-identify” who they are, an apparent reference to selecting a gender.
“There is at least one final step in Mr. Obama’s revolution: The Pentagon now is taking steps to remove restrictions on transgender people. The ban has been in place for decades based on medical reasons. One issue to be decided is bathroom and shower access,” Scarborough wrote.
“Instead of preparing for transgenderism and related social experiments, our troops should be concentrating on combat readiness,” Donnelly said. “The military is a resilient institution, but strong leadership in the next administration will be needed to restore its strength and morale.”
The president has also gotten the military into the gun control debate, issuing an executive order in which he tasked the Pentagon — likely the Army — to begin a research-and-development program on “smart gun” technologies.
“This includes configuring a gun with biometrics or a PIN number so only the owner can fire it,” Scarborough wrote.
Obama also considers climate change to be the number one threat against U.S. national security.
“The president’s political appointees have injected climate change into every aspect of military operations, from testing weapons to field exercises to war planning,” Scarborough wrote.
Obama seeks to “incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning.”
Conservatives argue that the Earth’s climate has been changing for billions of years and that parts of the U.S. used to be glaciers thousands of years ago.
“When we are strapped across the world to protect vital interests and we are asking warrior heroes to leave the ranks, now is not the time to squander our slim defense funds on Obama’s boondoggles,” said Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and longtime critic of various Pentagon left-leaning policies. “Our enemies laugh at our stupidity, and our allies shake in wonderment [at] how America, the once-great nation, is collapsing into the toilet bowl of history.”