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The U.S. military is now a laboratory of social experimentation

We’ve reached a lot of tipping points recently, but this one might be among the scariest, because it’s likely to be followed by even more drastic and radical social-engineering moves within the military. Soldiers cooped up hundreds of feet under water can’t smoke cigarettes or act like men anymore. I’ll bet anyone a hundred 2030 dollars that 20 years from now, you’ll be able to enter the military and refuse to go to war on ideological or political grounds … or because you didn’t enter the military to go to war, silly, but to get your school paid for.

A friend’s email response to me about this nonsense was nice ‘n’ poignant: “While we’re at it, let’s require all submariners to have two hours of sunlight per day. I mean, it’s totally unhealthy to be cooped up like that for so long. And what about more windows? Television? You know what’s also integral to the military? Letting it be run by the military with limited policy and pundit interference.”

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  1. The Last Man
    April 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Does the left ever ask what the purpose of an organization is? The primary purpose of the military is to defend the country by training those who are best able to kill other people to do it better than they otherwise would. It’s not so that people can “give back,” it’s not so that we can provide scholarships to less privileged, it’s not so that those who embrace alternative lifestyles can feel comfortable, it’s not to represent the best and brightest or even a cross-section of the country. It’s to defend us from those who would destroy our national will as a people in war. Sucks, but that’s the way it is. If we can do it with gays, then fine. If we can do it without gays, then fine. If we can do it with women, great. If not, that’s also great. How about we settle these cultural issues in the culture, first, and then it will naturally flow into the military, rather than letting a battleground be the military itself. Leaving aside whether we want to warp women into killers or whether having gays or women in units has an adverse effect on cohesiveness and discipline, the issue for me is why the Left needs to meddle with EVERYthing. I know why. Just sayin’.

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