May 03, 2019
It's been nine years since Barack Obama and the liberals in Congress began their decade-long march of radical sexual experimentation in the military. While the dust from their forced march has yet to settle, a troubling image of their "new" military is emerging. After a horrifying new survey on sexual abuse in the ranks, Democrats like Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) want the House and Senate to take a "more aggressive approach." But, as far as military leaders are concerned, Congress has done quite enough, thankyouverymuch.
The "current programs are simply not working," Speier argued. Of course they aren't. As Marine General James Amos foreshadowed back in 2010, adding "any element of sexuality" into the ranks wouldn't just prevent military bonds -- it would "destroy [them]." Nine years later, liberals still seem surprised by just how right he was. According to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel, "there were an estimated 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact" (which the Pentagon defines as anything from groping to rape) in 2018 -- a 38 percent increase over 2016.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said Thursday that these are "persistent challenges" for the Pentagon. "To put it bluntly, we are not performing to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or for each other. This is unacceptable." As much as military leaders are trying to crack down on the problem, the reality is, there's only so much they can do. Unfortunately, most of these men and women aren't just victims of assault -- but of the sexually-charged environment that's been forced on them. Jackie Speier can complain all she wants, but in the end, she's blaming the military for a problem her party helped create. She voted to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" too, so it's a little late to be grumbling about the consequences.
Back then, Democrats like her shrugged off the possibility that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would have any impact on the ranks and are even now trying to resurrect Obama's Operation Transgender, which President Trump has moved to overturn. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand that when Congress introduced even more sexual tension into the troops, it put thousands of men and women in defenseless and compromising positions. To the relief of most Americans, President Trump has done everything he can to roll back the social engineering of the Obama years. We continue to be grateful that he had the backbone to roll back the gender confusion the last administration tried to inject into the military in 2016. But on some issues -- like this one -- it's tough to put the genie back in the bottle.
The Left spent Barack Obama's entire presidency sexualizing the military, beginning with the repeal of DADT -- and continuing with the push for open transgenderism. Almost a decade later, I guess "we told you so" isn't a message his party wants to hear.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.