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Another reason to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

July 7th, 2008 | by Jones of the Nile |

“Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion.”

That wasn’t said by a gay rights group, leftist blogger, candidate for President, or ousted member of the military. Nope, this was said by four retired military officers charged with conducting a study on the issue for the California-based Michael D. Palm Center and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Want one more kicker? One of the retired generals was the three-star Army General tasked with implementing President Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fiasco in 1993.

Want one more kicker? He’s a Republican.

Here’s some initial information on what the study found from the Palm Center’s Web site:

Key findings are that the policy prevents some gay troops from performing their duties, that gays already serve openly, that tolerance of homosexuality in the military has grown dramatically, and that lifting the ban is “unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline, or cohesion.”

One of the other generals involved in the study, Brigadier General Hugh Aitken, USMC (Ret.), called for an end to the ban on gays and lesbians in the military, saying “I believe this should have been done much earlier.” He’s right. I’d go so far as to say that it was one of Bill Clinton’s worst mistakes, even though it had noble efforts.

More information on the study can be found here. Interestingly enough, Sen. John McCain said in March this year that every general he’s spoken with has said “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is working. Clearly he isn’t speaking to these four generals, or the 50+ others that signed a national statement calling for a repeal of the ban.

In the statement’s words, “As is the case in Britain, Israel, and other nations which allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality. Such collaboration reflects the strength and the best traditions of our democracy.”

Tell that to McCain.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Another reason to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell””

  2. By Craig R. Harmon on Jul 8, 2008 | Reply

    President should issue an Executive Order tomorrow morning ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the military and making sexual gender preference an absolute non-issue in military service. It may not do anything for his favorable numbers but it would be the right thing to do. He’s a lame duck, anyway. Doing this would win him some respect and he doesn’t need the political support of those who would oppose said order.

  3. By Jet Netwal on Jul 8, 2008 | Reply

    We have the most professional military in the world. To assume anything other than them working seamlessly is just dumb.

    I like your idea Craig, but it will never happen. Fundies would revolt, and their votes are too important to the Reps to risk it.

    Nice to see you posting, Michael!

  4. By Craig R. Harmon on Jul 8, 2008 | Reply


    But like I said, Bush doesn’t need them anymore and the rest of the Republicans could piss and moan about it, thus pandering to the base. McCain is already recently on record as opposing the move so I really don’t think it would hurt him any more than he’s already hurt with the base.

  5. By Jet Netwal on Jul 8, 2008 | Reply

    You don’t think the down ticket candidates would be screaming? I do. It’s just a rough cycle to be a Republican in. They climbed into bed with these people and got stuck.

  6. By Craig R. Harmon on Jul 8, 2008 | Reply

    Yes, they will be screaming. It serves a dual purpose: Bush gains a modicum of respect for doing the right thing while giving downticket candidates an issue to run on against the President and in alignment with the base.

    Not that I think there’s a chance in a million Bush will do this since he does what he believes in no matter what political exigencies might suggest would be prudent and he just doesn’t believe in gays in the military but I do think he should do it..

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