Pentagon believes in 'Visibility' but our enemies watching, too

Monday, April 5, 2021
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Two transgender soldiersA military watchdog says the U.S. armed forces deserve better treatment than witnessing President Joe Biden reverse the Trump administration and allow transgenders to openly serve in uniform.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has announced the reinstatement of the Obama-era directive that benefits military personnel who are transgender, meaning they mentally identify as the opposite sex and thus suffer from mental health issues.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, tells One News Now the new Democrat administration is demoralizing our armed forces with far-left “woke” policies that deny common sense.

“And that also weaken military readiness and morale,” she warns.

Donald Trump reversed Barack Obama’s directive via a Twitter post (pictured below) in July 2017, reportedly surprising his generals despite stating he did so after “consultation with my generals and military experts.”

Trump tweet on transgendersNearly three years later, President Biden’s transgender reversal is just one sign of the Pentagon’s leftward drift after just four months into the new administration. One News Now reported in a March 24 story that the Pentagon ordered every branch of the armed forces, and every unit, to sit through a left-wing PowerPoint presentation warning military members about embracing “extremism” that was defined as “espousing ideologies that encourage discrimination, hate, and harassment against others.”

That policy would presumably include officers and enlisted personnel who are overheard echoing Donnelly’s complaints about the transgender policy, such as second-guessing the Pentagon for recognizing “International Transgender Day of Visibility” as it did on March 31.

“Their shared stories of struggle and heartache,” Secretary Austin wrote in an official memo, “reminds us that more work needs to be done to ensure that every person is treated with dignity and respect no matter how they identify.”

Pentagon 'Transgender Visibility' MemoBarack Obama signed an order allowing transgenders to serve openly in 2016, the last year of his second term, a decision that came after immense pressure from LGBTQ activists after the then-president lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy benefitting homosexuals and lesbians in 2011.

Joe Biden, then the vice president, called transgender rights the “civil rights issue of our time” in a 2015 speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual lobbying group.

The push for transgenders to serve openly also came after a 2016 RAND Corp. study concluded it would “cost little” and there would be no significant impact on unit readiness for the estimated 2,450 active-duty members who transgender. The same study, which predicted 65 service members would seek to transition annually, warned that military branches would witness higher rates of substance abuse and suicide if the Pentagon did not pay for the procedures – an obvious but unmentioned reference to the mental health issue.

Chinese soldiers marchingJust one year after that study was released, then-President Trump’s social media post read, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

“It really makes you wonder,” Donnelly says, “what about our potential adversaries China, Russia, North Korea or Iran? What message is this administration sending to those potential adversaries?”

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