Misplaced priorities affecting military readiness

Misplaced priorities affecting military readiness

Misplaced priorities affecting military readiness

Now advocating that children of military personnel can consent to transgender treatments, a pediatrician says military doctors have jumped onto the "woke" bandwagon.

In their article for the March edition of the American Journal of Public Health, the military-affiliated clinicians state that children of military personnel as young as seven years old can make gender-transitioning decisions. The DoD providers also reportedly blast clinicians who pause before changing a minor's gender to see if they will grow out of the dysphoria, calling it "unethical."

Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D. of Advocates Protecting Children, responds by pointing out that there is "a reason we don't allow seven-year-olds to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, vote for the next president, and drive cars."

Cretella, Dr. Michelle Cretella

"It's absolutely asinine," she says about the article. "The only appropriate response to that statement by those supposed intelligent physicians is to laugh them out of their medical credentials."

Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. "Rachel" Levine, a man whose real name is Richard, recently promised that attempting to medically change children's gender will soon be normalized. He also praised the controversial medical intervention that has been banned in several states and asserted that so-called "gender-affirming care" for minors has the "highest support" of the Biden administration.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of Do No Harm, a national association of medical professionals that combats "woke" activism in the healthcare system, was quick to refute Levine.

"He commented and said the so-called points and claims that these few military doctors are making amounts to propaganda," Dr. Cretella relays.

According to American News Wire, the doctors involved in penning the article are seeking the support of the Department of Defense in violating state laws.

But a senior army strategist and Pentagon advisor says Congress should not allow the Army to continue wasting training time and money on such things.

Republicans Michael Waltz of Florida and Jim Banks of Indiana have sent a letter to West Point Superintendent Lieutenant General Steve Gilland demanding answers regarding the school's exercise on "respecting the pronouns people prefer."

The two lawmakers obtained a leaked "facilitator guide" for role-play exercises involving academy cadets. The exercises are meant to serve as training "for cadets to gain competence in their bystander intervention skills" — including when someone disagrees with the progressive pronoun orthodoxy.

National security analyst Bob Maginnis, a graduate of West Point, says he was not subjected to such "nonsense" when he was a cadet.

Maginnis, Robert (FRC) Maginnis

"We focused on fighting wars, and we didn't have a lot of extra time to do any of this nonsense," he tells AFN. "It's typical progressive left-wing stuff. Clearly, I oppose it; I think it's stupid. I think it's a waste of money, a waste of resources, [and] not something that we want to spend our valuable time on. And the fact that the military academy has yet to respond suggests to me perhaps they're either trying to find a reason, or they don't want people to know how left-wing they've become. It's hard to know."

But as Maginnis points out, Congress does have oversight authority.

"They should say that we're not going to train on this particular progressive idea," he suggests. "It doesn't contribute to the effectiveness of the armed forces; therefore, why spend one taxpayer penny on this sort of thing? You should not allow it."

In their letter to Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland, the lawmakers demand answers for why such disruptions and distractions from "the education and training that is needed to shape our future military leaders" was "mandatory for all cadets, led by cadets, and supervised by faculty."

Meanwhile, China and Russia's anti-America alliance continues to strengthen.

"Every minute our soldiers spend in sensitivity training is a minute they could be at the rifle range," says Mike Waltz, chairman of the Military Readiness Subcommittee. "Chinese and Russian soldiers certainly won't be focused on what pronoun a U.S. soldier uses."