Why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Should Stand

12.21.10 | Bob Price | Comments[2]

Proponents of repealing the policy that prevents disclosure of sexual orientation by members of the armed forces declared that this landmark achievement (if you can call it that) was the most significant thing to happen to our military since Harry Truman made denial of enlistment based on race illegal in the late 1940's. I am deeply troubled by these remarks as I am by the repeal itself.

My basis for why Don't ask Don't tell should stand has nothing to do with whether gays and lesbians can....as the Vice President says ....."shoot straight". This is a matter of unit cohesion at a time of war and the ramifications of what a social experiment like this will do on war-weary soldiers who are fighting a very determined enemy.

Don't our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have enough to worry about right now?? Why does this tinkering with military policy have to be foisted upon our fighting forces now ?? Isn't it clear that our generals on the front-lines have enough on their proverbial battle plates already?? These are the sorts of questions I don't think the politicians in Washington truly understand. We have sacrificed much on this alter of political correctness.

Furthermore, I believe had the Pentagon report declaring the repeals' effect to be minimal is in a word, hogwash. Consider that only 25 percent of enlisted men and women actually responded to the questionnaire and among combat troops – those who are actually doing the fighting and dying - a majority opposed overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Not to mention the heads of two of the four branches of the military are on record opposed to the repeal, Marine Corps Commander Amos and Army General Casey.

In conclusion, the all-volunteer military is taxed enough already. They don't need to be made pawns in a political chess game. While Don't Ask, Don't tell is not perfect (no law is), it was effective at protecting a sacred trust that those of us outside the military cannot begin to understand. I fear that that trust and our military may never recover from this radical social experiment.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 12.21.10 Stan commented

Well-stated. This has nothing to do with the ability of gays and lesbians to serve - it's whether it's the right thing for the overall good of our armed forces.

on 12.22.10 Merle Robert Young commented

I think this is wrong. It will hurt the Armed Forces. And it will make them half the strength of our armed forces and me being in the Army a long time ago we do not need them in there we do need to pray for them tho.