Saturday, October 24, 2009

Don't ask; don't tell... Phooey!

Call me a bleeding heart liberal, if you will. However, I am sick to death of the political banter over gays in the military. While I could paraphrase, I'm just going to lift this fabulous bit from the October 23rd issue of my favorite news magazine, The Week:

"...An essay just published in Joint Force Quarterly, a journal published by the National Defense University Press, shoots cannonballs through the argument that gays undermine troop morale and unit cohesion. Among its findings: Australia, Britain, Canada, and Israel, all of which lifted bans on gays in the military, have seen 'no impact' on troop performance, readiness, or cohesion. Did I mention that the essay's author, Col. Om Prakash, works for the secretary of defense and that the article was personally reviewed by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? That's not the only sign of change, said Gabriel Winant in A discharged gay Arabic linguist, Lt. Daniel Choi, was even invited to lecture at West Point recently. In the end, it might be admirals and generals, and not Obama, who put 'don't ask' where it belongs: in the trash can."

Look around folks. American politicians are again showing that the U.S. is far from a world leader on yet another issue. Remember, don't ask them what is right. Tell them!

1 comment:

Monkeys in Paris said...

The bit about undermining troop morale was one of the many specious arguments for keeping the armed forces segregated. There are plenty of reasons for troops to have low morale these days, but the color of the guy next to him is never one of them.