Right now the military is in sad shape. Due in large part to the war in Iraq, recruiting is in serious trouble, and standards have been lowered dangerously.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is hurting the military even more. It deprives us of good, talented, patriotic people who, even now, want to serve their country. It also costs millions in recruiting, training and separation costs.
Supporters of the policy insist that getting rid of it would be disruptive. Half a century ago racists said the same thing about integrating the army; 40 years later, Colin Powell took over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and proved the argument absurdly wrong.
Think of the stupidity of this argument: Bush’s inane policies have put us in a position wherein we are forced to recruit felons, drug addicts and illiterates and ship them off to fight in Iraq. Don’t you think that sending a mob of cretins into battle is disruptive? If you’re out there in a firefight, wouldn’t it concern you to have a bunch of demented loons covering your back?
Considering the sexual harassment and other abuse that is already happening in the military, it’s hard for the Pentagon to pretend that allowing gays to serve would cause even worse problems.
79 percent of Americans, including 66 percent of conservatives, are okay with gays in the military. This includes a growing horde of generals, admirals and military experts. Obama has said he will change the policy. And high time.