President Obama has nominated the first openly-gay service secretary to be Secretary of the Army. In a move clearly designed to raise a firestorm, President Obama took the step of nominating Eric Fanning to the post. According to The Washington Post:
President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.
Fanning’s nomination is the latest in a series of actions taken by the administration to advance the rights of gays and lesbians throughout the federal government. The Obama administration has overhauled internal policies to provide benefits to same-sex partners, appointed gay men and lesbians to the executive branch and the federal bench and ended the 18-year ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Fanning, who must still be confirmed by the Senate, has been a specialist on defense and national security issues for more than 25 years in Congress and the Pentagon. As Army secretary, he would be partnered with Gen. Mark Milley, who took over as the Army’s top general in August. Together the two men would assume responsibility for the Pentagon’s largest and most troubled service.
While it’s clear that Mr. Fanning has the experience for the role, this seems part of a larger agenda the President has been pursuing for years. To fundamentally transform the American way of life.
With the Marine Corps testing gender-integrated fighting forces, this new nomination of an openly-gay service secretary, it’s clear Mr. Obama is looking to radically change things before he’s out of office.
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