Thursday, April 02, 2009

Don't Ask Obama About Don't Ask Don't Tell

From January 14, 2009: "President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that marred President Clinton's first days in office, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs." (source)

From 3 Days ago: "Don't expect any change soon to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy about gays in the military.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says both he and President Barack Obama have "a lot on our plates right now." As Gates puts it, "let's push that one down the road a little bit." (source)

"...More than 1,000 retired military officers, including several who were top commanders, are urging President Barack Obama and Congress to maintain the law that bars gays from serving openly in the armed forces.

....A statement issued by the retired officers Tuesday said passage of that bill "would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force."

...The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service" and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and "unit cohesion." (Read the entire article)

I stand by what I said during our last spirited debate over DADT...

"I'm a civilian, so it's not my position to say what should or shouldn't be. What I can say is I cringe in disgust when I hear of decorated OIF and OEF veterans being discharged because of a picture on a MySpace page. The guys those guys saved are still alive because of them --regardless of their sexual preference..."

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