We all have the good fortune to be living in an age of war. A war of culture, races, religions, and ideologies. Tribal warfare. Funny how this term has evaporated from modern usage. As if an immutable element of the human condition simply ceased to be with the final crack of a Martini-Henry rifle. Though of course tribal warfare did not cease merely because it became impolite to mention. And those who imagine it to be conducted exclusively by bullet or bolt are most likely to suffer its results.
Yet if tribal conflict is to live until man does not, we can at least hope for able leaders to steward us through its skirmishes. And are we ever in luck. Fearing a deficit of conflict, western politicians have prudentially imported all possible warring parties into our countries. This to economize logistics and give every European-descended man an opportunity to fight right outside his own doorstep. That’s foresight. That’s leadership.
Though every war requires a formidable military, and the stern men to lubricate its gears in blood. It is here where America still struggles to adapt to battlefield exigencies. Probably the one now most pressing is how to best deploy men in makeup and pumps who have carved a trench where their penis and testicles used to reside. Napoleon, Lee, and Rommel all fell to less. Details here
Transgender military personnel from 18 countries across the world gathered today to talk about their experiences and discuss whether the US military could join them.
The conference attendees, who are all from militaries that allow transgender service, gathered in Washington, DC. The gathering, Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe, is the first-ever and largest international conference of transgender military service members on US soil. The conference included currently serving transgender personnel from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden.
An estimated 15,500 transgender individuals currently serve in the US military, but they are banned by Pentagon rules from serving, and if their identity is discovered, the military is required to discharge them.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the elimination of rules that ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, her office told the Washington Blade. Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, told the Blade on Friday she believes gender identity should not be a factor in prohibiting Americans from serving in the military.
‘Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,’ Hammill said.
Earlier this year a report found there is ‘no compelling medical reason’ for U.S. armed forced to ban transgender Americans from serving.
The independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general also concluded that President Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who served as surgeon general during Bill Clinton’s first term as president, and Rear Adm. Alan Steinman, a former chief health and safety director for the Coast Guard, led the report that was released on Thursday.
‘We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve components,’ it said.
The panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said the ban has existed for several decades and apparently was derived in part from the psychiatric establishment’s consensus, since revised, that gender identity issues amounted to a mental disorder.
The ban also appears based on the assumption that providing hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgeries would be too difficult, disruptive and expensive. But the commission rejected those notions as inconsistent with modern medical practice and the scope of health care services routinely provided to non-transgender military personnel.
‘I hope their takeaway will be we should evaluate every one of our people on the basis of their ability and what they can do, and if they have a condition we can treat we would treat it like we would treat anyone else,’ Elders said in an interview with The Associated Press.
At least a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, England and Israel, allow military service by transgender individuals.
The commission argued that facilitating gender transitions ‘would place almost no burden on the military,’ adding that a relatively small number of active and reserve service members would elect to undergo transition-related surgeries and that only a fraction might suffer complications that would prevent them from serving. It estimated that 230 transgender people a year would seek such surgery at an average cost of about $30,000.
Retired Brigadier General Thomas Kolditz, a former Army commander and West Point professor on the commission, said he thinks allowing transgender people to serve openly would reduce gender-based harassment, assaults and suicides while enhancing national security.
Do you hear that?
That’s the West not merely sinking to the bottom, but paddling with dismembered penises. Though at least our little blog will remain flush with military-grade banner images, while the US Navy Seals can contemplate their future amphibious warfare suit.