China executes a stupendously damaging hack of sensitive information, Russia is fighting a war of conquest in eastern Europe, fanatical Muslims are scorching the earth in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, and nations around the world are scrambling to adjust to a post-pax-Americana world.
And what does the Obama administration do? It’s defense priority is to allow openly transgendered soldiers to serve.
Staff Sgt. King works in the headquarters of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division.
A three-tour veteran of Afghanistan combat, King is fighting a different battle now.
She’s becoming the person she’s felt destined to be since the age of 13.
“I’m the first openly transgender infantryman in the Army,” King said.
The Army has accepted lesbians and gays into the ranks since 2011, but transgender life is a violation of regulations – a fireable offense.
“These conditions render an individual administratively unfit rather than unfit because of physical illness or medical disability,” Army regulations say.
Mind you, the regulation hasn’t changed. But what the Obama administration has done is withhold discharge authority at the Assistant Secretary of the Army* level. That is, where previously the authority to administratively discharge a soldier was at the installation level, no each case must be approved by The Honorable Debra S. Wada. We suspect that Ms. Wada is not inclined to approve the separation of those who do not wish to depart.
This, like so much else the Obama administration does, us a unilateral usurpation of Congressional authority. Recall that the Constitution clearly gives the authority for the regulation of the military to Congress, not appointed department officials.
We don’t have a complete strategy for dealing with ISIS, but we’ve found a way to bypass the law, and allow transgendered troops in the ranks, with no study and no concern for the challenges and issues it might create.
The Obama administration, like so many on the political left, see the military solely as a tool for social engineering. The simply cannot grasp on any serious level that the military exists solely to protect our national interests, and that it must perforce be a non-democratic institution.
*The linked article says the Undersecretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs- there is no such position.