The former Marine aviator tabbed to be the next secretary of the Navy doesn't favor the kind of social experimentation pushed by his predecessor.
By his actions, former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus demonstrated he was in sync with his boss, Barack Obama, when it came to radical social experimentation on the military. During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing yesterday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) told Richard Spencer (pictured above) – the man nominated to succeed Mabus – that Mabus displayed what he thinks was questionable and strange judgment on some matters.
"That left him as one of the most unpopular service secretaries in the modern era," the senator stated.
Then Cotton listed a few examples (see video below):
"He politicized the naming of U.S. Navy ships. He made some very strange changes to the Navy uniform that caused a revolt among female sailors. He publicly dismissed official reports about combat effectiveness of mixed-gender units without even having to read them, by his own admission. And he questioned the character and integrity of the Marines who dared to disagree with some of these policies."
Cotton then asked Spencer if making these kinds of changes was going to enhance the Navy's readiness, to which the Marine veteran responded:
"I testified before this committee, I believe in 2015, that it was my belief that the Department of Defense – specifically, individual services – was not to be a petri dish for social experiments.
"We have to work together including all our service people to make sure that they're given what they need – whether that be spiritually, whether that be psychologically, whether that be materialistically – to fight forward so that readiness is the key and lethality is the product."
Spencer's nomination is expected to go to the full Senate next month.