Chad Groening

Chad Groening, who writes for American Family Association’s news blog, is very disappointed with Defense Secretary Mattis. Groening is also a reporter for the local CBS affiliate, WCBI. His most recent story at that outlet was a few sentences of commentary on “Alcorn State Band Marches in Tupelo.” Walter Cronkite he is not. Perhaps the reason is lack of reason which might be one of the reasons that AFA is designated a hate group.

Groening’s story about Secretary Mattis is titled: “‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and a crazy transgender policy.” The opening paragraph reads:

The U.S. military has signed up its first mentally ill transgender recruit at the same time the Pentagon is ignoring an order from its own commander in chief.

First of all, a transgender person is not mentally ill. There is no indication that Groening is a psychiatrist and it is the opinion of the American Psychiatric Association that transgender people have a condition — not a disorder. There are, however, many people in the military who share my mental illness: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

The troops don’t seem to care about trans troops. Nor should they. If someone can perform their duties that is really all that counts.

Additionally, Trump is not an emperor. He has been overruled by the federal courts. Secretary Mattis is an educated man who understands the difference. Mr, Groening does not.

Just one more paragraph:

Military analyst Bob Maginnis of the Family Research Council says Mattis has followed the recommendation of a review panel led by a liberal Obama holdover, one of many who have remained from the previous administration, he says.

If Magininis is employed by Family Research Council it is unlikely that he is a “military analyst.” That hate group is concerned about Christian Supremacy. The West Point graduate confirms this on his LinkedIn profile where he writes: “I’m FRC’s senior fellow for national defense with a primary focus on social issues.”

That holdover Maginnis is bitching about is probably Anthony Kurta, previously identified as a problem by Elaine Donnely. Need I say more? Kurta’s background includes over 32 years of active duty and he retired as a rear admiral. Furthermore:

… he graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

No, the real work on transgender troops was done by the RAND Corporation, hired by the Department of Defense to study the issue. Their recommendations were to allow trans service. Trump’s early morning tweet doesn’t create policy. He was possibly reacting to something that he gleaned from watching television (which seems to occupy a great deal of his time). He did not bother to consult with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Quite a change in extremes. Obama may have over-analyzed things but he dealt with the best available information from experts and scholars. As far as we can tell, Trump is not interested in briefings and he gets advice from Fox & Friends or people like Tony Perkins. We can only hope that he doesn’t blow us all up before his term expires.

Similarly, Mr. Groening doesn’t acquire knowledge about transgender people from experts. Leading clinicians are unlikely to be in his contact list. His “knowledge” is based on those ancient chronicles of dubious provenance. Who knows more? Sari Reisner at Harvard or some schmuck in a tent who passed along oral history as he was shooing flies from camel dung?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.