Obama’s Department of Defense announcement on Dec. 3, 2015, meant that regimental combat teams and special forces units became bureaucratic toys for those who wanted to imagine equal opportunity and affirmative action could coexist with warriors enduring the brutality imperative for victory.

Combat operations require the most severe of restrictions on human emotion and behavior in order to foster the uniquely understood high morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion. Human sexual diversity cannot intrude into this authoritarian meritocracy.

Of special consideration should be an understanding that national defense through personal combat becomes the ultimate Olympics. Therefore, there is much less excuse for merging men with women. (Certainly, the controversy over transgender females competing in women’s Olympics makes that point obvious.)

Institutional memories no longer exist for fighting ferocious, shrewd enemies such as Germans, Japanese, Chinese and North Vietnamese, who utilized a full array of modern weapons. As this tragedy unfolds, we must remember George Orwell’s quote: “Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

NOLAN NELSON



Redmond, Ore.

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