- - Thursday, June 15, 2017

This absurd policy of accepting transgender individuals into the armed forces of the United States must be terminated. Good order and discipline within the ranks, plus respect and trust among the troops, are absolute requirements for an effective and viable military-command structure. The presence of transgender individuals in the ranks debases this efficiency (“Pentagon continues LGBT pride celebration; conservatives say it’s a shame in Trump administration,” Web, June 11).

For those left-wing types in Washington who have forgotten, the role of the military is to defend this nation against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Singularly, the institution is a war-fighting machine. Its mission is to kill the enemy. It is not a platform for social engineering, experimentation, political correctness or gender equality.

National defense readiness, as well as the vital security interests of the United States, are at stake here. In this context, new Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has no alternative but to abrogate former President Obama and former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s transgender policies, thereby liberating today’s military from this nonsensical responsibility of being America’s bastion of liberal egalitarianism.


Terre Haute, Ind.

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