Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Repealing DADT

Our Congress consists of a bunch of weenies; evidenced by their solution to the military’s terror of accepting repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” They are in the process of passing a bill that will allow gays to serve openly in the military provided that “top military leaders certify that the repeal wouldn't threaten the military's readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention.” Oh, give me a break.

So Congress passes a bill which tells the military that it must allow gays to serve openly, if it decides that it wants to. These guys would write the Sixth Commandment as, “Thou shalt not murder, unless the subject really pisses you off and you really badly want to, in which case you may advance the expiration date of his life.”

Do they realize that “readiness, effectiveness and unit cohesion” are the exact same arguments that were used against allowing African-Americans to serve with whites in the military? The other two issues would have been used, except that we had the draft at that time. How much has racial integration damaged the effectiveness of the armed forces? How badly has open service of gays damaged the effectiveness of the armed forces of Britain, Canada, Holland and all the other nations which allow it?

We can’t tell about Iceland, of course, since they only contribute one troop at a time to the “Coalition of the Willing.”

The top leaders of the military have spoken out in favor of open service, though, except for the Marine Corps, so I think things are going to work out in the end. Congress will get credit for repealing the law, even though it only halfway did so, and gays in the military will be allowed to admit who they are.

With the possible exception of the Marine Corps which has always been sort of out of touch with reality. The Corps will implement the new law, of course, Marines are always law abiding, but I think I would suggest that if you are gay the Marines might not be for you, at least until Gen. James Conway retires.

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