Saturday August 5, 2017
If the United States insists on spending more money on "defense" than the next 10 or so nations combined, playing the role of global police officer, and sending troops all over the world at the drop of a hat - and I have my own thoughts on this, but that is a topic for another letter at another time - then we need all the quality military personnel that our all-volunteer military can muster. This includes transgender service personnel.
If President Donald Trump - who may I remind everybody went to great lengths to avoid military service in Vietnam - is successful in having these people discharged, then I think that we should implement a draft consisting of Trump supporters at a 1:1 ratio to replace them.
But seriously, didn't we learn our lesson from attempts to keep African-Americans, women and gays from serving in the military? At one time they were considered inferior, and now they serve with distinction.
Exclusion isn't the best defense