The Number-One Priority has nothing to do with the Primary Mission

I don’t know Bruce Fleming. My time attending USNA predates his time teaching. He has a guest column in The Capital about diversity at the Naval Academy that is disturbing, yet all too believable.

Admiral Gary Roughead, the Chief of Naval Operations, has stated that “diversity is the number one priority” at USNA. Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler, the Superintendent, agrees with him. When I attended, the mission of the academy was to produce professional officers for the Naval Services. Given that, according to the column, admission standards are lowered for minorities, it appears to me that the number one priority is in opposition to the mission.

I keep hoping that I can find a short science-fiction story I read many years ago. The story was written, at least in part, as though it were part of a history book, and described a military loss by the United States to a Latin-American country (I long ago forgot which). The applicable portion of the story brought to mind by Mr. Fleming’s column goes something like this:

General Mendoza said to his staff, “My generals, win me this war!”

This book does not have room for all the instructions given to the American military by the National Organization for Women, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the …

The point has been made many times over the years – the military has a function. Using it as a platform for social engineering detracts from its ability to fulfill its function.

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