Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Which is the Gay One?

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has posted a number of DADT items on their site. Most interesting to me was the OpEd in Friday's Washington Post by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , General John M. Shalikashvili.

Gen. Shalikashvili says, "the climate has changed dramatically since 1993." He goes on in his article that,
While the proper timing of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" remains uncertain, it is evident to me that a policy change is inevitable. More than three-quarters of the public favors the change. Polls show that even a majority of Republicans support allowing openly gay people to serve. Within the military, the climate has changed dramatically since 1993. Conversations I've held with service members make clear that, while the military remains a traditional culture, that tradition no longer requires banning open service by gays. There will undoubtedly be some teething pains, but I have no doubt our leadership can handle it.
Read the rest of the story here.
In a related DADT story 60 Minutes did a last year ago tells a lot about the latest struggle in dismantling the backward policy. Give it a watch.

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TheWeyrd1 said...

I still find the DADT policy ridiculous in its enforcement because even the actual soldier doesn't tell, they can still be drummed out because someone else DID tell ON them...sheesh. That said, it's ridiculous to even think gays in the military are a detriment to our country's security.

Lisa said...

Your graphic is chillingly appropriate. We'll have something to say on the matter next.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Can't wait to read it...I'll check regularly.