Barack Obama’s campaign to fundamentally transform America included wrecking the U.S. military.
He targeted the nation’s armed forces for social engineering at the expense of their ability to defend the United States.
But James “Mad Dog” Mattis just stopped Obama cold.
One of Obama’s most controversial moves was to allow transgenders to serve in the military.
This came after he lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited homosexuals from openly serving in the military.
Critics ripped Obama for injecting liberal social causes into the military.
Cohesiveness in a unit is vital for the military’s success.
Critics contended Obama was more interested in appeasing left-wing interest groups than protecting and defending America.
But “Mad Dog” Mattis – Trump’s Secretary of Defense – is putting the military’s priorities back in order.
He announced he was delaying Obama’s edict.
The Washington Post reports:
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has delayed a plan approved by the Obama administration a year ago to begin allowing transgender recruits to join the U.S. military, providing the Joint Chiefs of Staff with a six-month reprieve that they requested, the Pentagon said Friday night.
The decision was made on the eve of a deadline set a year ago by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The services can now delay processing transgender recruits until Jan. 1, following another review of accession plans and providing information about how doing so will affect the military and its lethality, Mattis said in a memo. Details about that review must be provided back to Mattis by Dec. 1.
The defense secretary said in the memo that the delay “in no way presupposes an outcome,” but after consulting with top generals and other senior defense officials, he determined more time is needed before making a decision. He is confident, he said, that the Defense Department will continue to treat all service members with dignity and respect.
“Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force?” Mattis said. “Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation? It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military Services.”
Trump supporters cheered when Mattis was announced as the nominee to head the Pentagon.
Conservatives saw his appointment as a clear sign Trump was going to undo Obama’s legacy.
And Mattis’ announcement makes it clear that is exactly what he intends to do.