by Andy Weddington
01 July 2017
PowerPoint makes us stupid. General James N. Mattis, USMC
Geez, what a way to welcome the July 4th weekend.
Last evening, just before retiring, arrived in email a Department of Defense press (for immediate) release titled Statement by Chief Pentagon Spokesman Dana W. White on Transgender Accessions.
Dated June 30, 2017 ...
Secretary Mattis today approved a recommendation by the services to defer accessing transgender applicants into the military until Jan. 1, 2018.
The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces.
The operative element being "impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces."
That requires further review?
Need sundry obvious variables be detailed?
Not wasting my time.
And so the bottom line is how, exactly, will transgender accessions increase force readiness and lethality?
More so, enhance survivability?
As the cynical, somewhat salty lieutenants of the 32nd MAU (Marine Amphibious Unit), MARG (Marine Amphibious Readiness Group) 3-81 coined after repeated lack of sound and timely decisions (a leadership principle, by the way) from leadership, "Indecision is the key to flexibility."
Could the Defense Secretary's (a retired Marine general - publicly promoted for his no nonsense demeanor) decision be but politics?
There's no need for (continued) review and (grander) PowerPoint.
Make a decision. Brief the President. Announce. Carry on rebuilding the ("depleted," as President Trump describes) forces.
Clink, clang, clang, clink, cling, clang ... clink.
There's that familiar irritating road noise - of indecision safeguarding flexibility, and complemented by the (intended) consequential dust cloud of confusion.