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We’ve Heard This Explanation Before

They said that having black people in the military would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Well, they let black people in the military and the units got over it, survived, and thrived.

They said having gay people in the military would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Well, they let gay people in the military and the units got over it, survived, and thrived.

And now they want to keep transgender people out of the military, saying they would be a distraction and would erode unit discipline and cohesion.

Agent Orange said permitting transgender people in the military would result in “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

And the New York Times reported on his spokesperson’s explanation:

The president, Ms. Sanders said, had concluded that allowing transgender people to serve openly “erodes military readiness and unit cohesion, and made the decision based on that.”

The president said he consulted his generals on this decision.  He didn’t.  They were as surprised as anyone by the edict and have indicated that they disagree and are not terribly interested in enforcing it.

Even the extreme conservatives who lobbied Agent Orange on this issue weren’t asking for a complete transgender ban.  All they wanted was for the U.S. government not to foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery.

If not now then certainly eventually, transgender people will be permitted to serve in the armed forces.  When they do, the units will get over it, survive, and thrive.

They always do.

(See an excellent West Wing clip about this issue here.)