• Ask and Tell

    September 20, 2011

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    Posted in: Iraq, Military, Other Ideas

    Today marks the end of the military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the beginning of a new era when military members may serve without penalty simply because of their sexual preference. Gay people can now be gay people, in uniform.

    Of course gay men and women have served in the military forever. There is no doubt that some of the bravest soldiers, best Marines, dumbest grunts, most incompetent sailors and everyone else were gay; they just could not admit that without being thrown out of the military. That made no sense. Judge a person by his/her actions and how they do their job, not who they dream about at night.

    As one Air Force enlisted man once famously said, “I got a medal for killing one man, and thrown out of the service for loving another.”

    Serious about honoring our military, supporting our troops? Then stand with them as they transition to this new policy. Trust me, in combat, deployed to crappy places, in fear of their lives, they have enough on their minds and don’t spend a lot of time worrying about who is gay.



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    • Bill Johnson said...

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      I was serving on active duty when they first allowed women to serve in any capacity other than nursing or clerical work. There was lots of angst at the top, lots of idiotic training for the troops, and then a big yawn and everyone went on about their business. This time around has not been much different. I attended some of the DADT training, and marveled at the level of discomfort the flag rank officer had in even discussing the possibility that someone might bring a significant other of the same gender to the unit Christmas party. He asked the troops what the response would be. A voice in the rear shouted, “Keep partying–it’s Christmas!”

      The troops are not nearly as small-minded as their leaders think they are. And it will become apparent over the next couple of years that the troops also are not nearly as small-minded as their leaders.

      09/20/11 12:29 PM | Comment Link

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