Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell

The US Senate is conducting hearings on the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy in which gays and lesbians serve in the military. Basically the military doesn’t ask and they don’t tell.

"It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do, No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens” said Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen to a Senate committee.

What is little publicized in this is the effect on would have on women in the military. According to the Palm Center women are affected more by DADT than men. CNN reports that in 2008, 36 % of those discharged by the army under DADT were women. This even though they made up only 14% of the army at the time. While the debate rages in the capital gays and lesbians continue to be discharged. 644 so far since Obama became president. This at a cost of $43,000 per discharge.

Senator Chambliss of Georgia recently expressed concern that repealing DADT would pave the way for allowing “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization, and body art” in the military. Let me get this straight. If we allow gays to openly serve in the military other military members will get tattoos? I thought that they, along with musicians and athletes, had cornered the market on tattoos. And adultery? I think that is best left to the politicians themselves.

Maybe this is what they are really afraid of but are afraid to say ….
  • Private Smith and Private Johnson are in a foxhole together. They are very close together. Private Smith would normally be aroused, but because of DADT he is able to suppress his urge to tear Private Johnson’s cloths off. If DADT is repealed he will be unable to suppress this urge and they will have sex right there.
  • Private Smith and Private Johnson are going about their normal daily grind. All is well because of DADT. If it were to be repealed the heavens themselves would open up and the hand of god would destroy us all for pandering to homosexuals. Just like she did to Haiti.
If you believe anything like that you are crazier than they are.