Old Culture War Soldiers Don’t Even Fade Away

Jim Burroway

September 21st, 2015

Eric_FanningOn Friday, President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating Eric K. Fanning as Secretary of the Army. Fanning’s qualifications are pretty solid. He had been serving as undersecretary for the Army since last June. Before that, he was chief of staff for Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His long career with the Pentagon included stints as undersecretary for the Air Force and Navy. He had been a specialist for security matters at the Pentagon for the past two decades, and he also played key roles in overseeing some of the Pentagon’s largest shipbuilding and jet fighter programs.

He also happens to be gay, and if his nomination is approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, he will be the first openly gay leader of a branch of the U.S. military. As far as GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, that detail wipes the rest of Fanning’s distinguished career from the record:

Mike_Huckabee_in_2007_in_Washington_DC_at_the_Values_Voters_conference-645x325“It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes,” the former Arkansas governor said in a statement released by his campaign. “Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s also running for the GOP presidential nomination, isn’t too terribly far behind, saying, “I certainly hope that the secretary of the Army is being nominated because the President wants the right person to defend our nation and not because he is looking to make a political statement on issues of sexual orientation unrelated to defending this nation and keeping us safe.” Having spoke his mind (such as it is), Cruz then claimed that he will “wait until his confirmation hearing to assess his record on the merits.”


September 21st, 2015

James Hormel. Same script, different actors.

Ben in Oakland

September 21st, 2015

““I certainly hope that the secretary of the Army is being nominated because the President wants the right person to defend our nation and not because he is looking to make a political statement on issues of sexual orientation unrelated to defending this nation and keeping us safe.”

Funny how that’s the issue NOW. Didn’t seem to be the issue when DADT was in effect.


September 21st, 2015

Anybody that looks only at Fanning’s orientation is certainly pandering. So, if Cruz actually puts the nominee’s record ahead of his own social agenda, then Cruz definitely is ahead of Huckabee. Huckabee, meanwhile, is doing exactly what he accuses Obama of – appealing to a voting bloc based only on a nominee’s sexuality. Huckabee would not support the guy, regardless of his actual job qualifications, and wants people to think Obama just pulled the first homo he found on the street. I guess, when you have to come in from behind in a massive GOP presidential orgy, you have to change your strategy. Huckabee’s seems to be mimicking the guy in the lead (proven strategy) on a topic nobody else is yelling about* (set himself apart).

*key word: yelling – just because most of the GOP presidential field is significantly homophobic in policy doesn’t mean they are all focusing on LGBT issues equally – most just want to move on.

Paul Douglas

September 22nd, 2015

Hucka-bible is such a christianist.

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