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President Obama Needs To Overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

October 5, 2009

The numbers speak for themselves.

Last year, 634 members of the military were discharged for being gay, or .045 percent of the active-duty U.S. force, according to an Aug. 14 congressional report.  At a time when our nation is fighting two wars, and everyone talks about shortages of men needed for large troop increases in Afghanistan, can we really keep removing skilled members of the military for being gay?  If Israel can produce a most efficient fighting force with gay soldiers can the United States not also do the same?

I think there can be numerous political calculations concerning the ‘right time’ to do what is the best for the country and the military.  That is what has been happening for the past nine months.  The White House has been dithering on this matter for far too long.  There comes a point on this issue when a leader needs to act.  President Obama campaigned on this matter and made a committment to ending DADT.  It is time he follow through and change a policy that is unfair and discriminatory, and also one that does damage to the military at a time of international chaos.

There will never be a good time to change this policy for those who want bigotry to continue in the armed forces.  Knowing that, it is then only common sense to do what is right at this moment in time.  Change the policy and move forward.  The vast majority of the nation knows that DADT is unfair, and also undermines our military.   President Truman understood that concerning African-American soldiers.   It is time President Obama discovered this for himself with gay members of the military.

  1. Skip permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:20 AM

    I agree with you 100% but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for this to happen. This would seem to be a low priority, at the moment.

  2. October 6, 2009 10:17 AM

    That is just homophobic BS!

  3. John permalink
    October 6, 2009 2:29 AM

    More liberal drivel, as our president likes to state….walk a mile in my shoes! If this president had spent any time in the US military….he might understand this issue…but he didn’t and doesn’t!

  4. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:48 PM

    It’s about time. We’ve let go smart capable people and are recruiting sub-standard candidates, like high school drop outs, skin heads and criminals.

    Times have changed and most people don’t care anymore. There are already thousands of gays in the military and everybody knows it. Other countries don’t have this ban and they don’t report any cohesion problems in their regiments.

    Let’s face it, it’s purely a bigoted attitude that needs to go away. If a gay person wants to serve his/her country, then let them. We need all the good people we can get in an all volunteer army.

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