General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Speaks Out On LGBT And Women In The Military
In a week from today, America is facing a huge change, as Donald Trump will be taking office, and Barack Obama will be ending his presidency. With Trump coming into office, many people have some fears and concerns, especially those in the LGBT, female, and people of color communities. Recently, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, spoke out about his thoughts on LGBT people and women serving in the military.
While as recently as in the last few years he seemed anti-LGBT and women in terms of them being involved in the military, when pushed this week by the Senate Armed Services Committee, he seemed to have a different answer.
He was asked, “Do you believe that openly serving homosexuals, along with women in combat units, is undermining our force?”
“My belief is we have to stay focused on a military that’s so lethal that on the battlefield it will be the enemy’s longest day and their worst day when they run into that force,” he answered. “I believe military service is a touchstone for patriots of whatever stripe. It’s the way they demonstrate their commitment. I believe the policies that are now in effect, unless a service chief brings something to me where there’s a problem, then I’m not going in with an idea that I’m going to review these right away or start rolling something back.”
“Frankly I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with,” he added. “My concern is on the readiness on the force to fight and to make certain it’s at the top of its game… that’s my obligation as I look as this job.”
He was also asked, “Do you plan to oppose women serving in… combat roles?”
To this, he answered, “I have no plan to oppose women in any aspect of our military.”
While there are many things people have been able to criticize in the Trump administration thus far, this definitely sounds like it’s a positive step.