Convicted military secrets leaker, Chelsea Manning is not happy this morning.
President Trump just announced that transgendered soldiers will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The unexpected announcement was made on Trump's Twitter after “consultation” with generals about the “cost” of transgender individuals in the military.
Trump said that the mission of the military should be “decisive and overwhelming victory” and that transgender soldiers add “disruption” to that mission.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you
The policy is a stark departure from the Obama-era military, which decided to end the long-time ban on transgender people serving openly in the military after a year-long review process.
In June, General Mattis delayed that implementation further citing the need to study military “lethality.” Mattis said in a memo:
Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months. We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.
That extra time was used to make a clean departure from the Obama era and reinstitute the ban on transgender service.
The new policy has caused a meltdown with online commenters, but none more than Chelsea Manning. Manning is perhaps the most well-known and controversial figures of the military-trans movement. According to past Independent Journal Review reporting, Manning was going to spend the next 35 years in prison for committing a treasonous act against the military community: the sharing of classified information.
In 2010, Manning dropped a colossus mother lode of classified intelligence onto the internet through WikiLeaks. Hundreds of thousands of documents containing American military secrets were served up to audiences worldwide.
Manning was charged with aiding the enemy, a crime which could have landed Manning on death row. The disgraced Army soldier was exonerated of that charge but found guilty of nearly two dozen others. The illegal release of over 700,000 documents landed Manning in jail, with a planned release date in the late 2040s.
Manning's fate took a drastic turn for the better when President Barack Obama commuted the sentence, saying:
It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime ... and that she had served a significant amount of time. That it makes sense to commute — and not pardon — her sentence.
So in May, Manning walked free. It was also announced that Manning will stay on active duty and will be eligible for full military benefits. Since then, the openly transgender soldier has been active on Twitter and in the public eye.
In a series of tweets Wednesday, Manning called the move by the Trump administration to ban trans people “cowardice” and declared that the military has “always been a social experiment.”
Manning also used the opportunity to say we should dismantle the military and fund healthcare for all.
After Manning's traitorous past, it's fair to say the comments about cowardice were not well received by some:
A Rand Corp. study found that there are between 1,320–6,630 transgender service members in the active-duty military.
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