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March 14, 2007

Common Sense On Gays In The Military

by Doug Mataconis

Alan Simpson, a former Senator from Wyoming who once was a strong advocate of the military’s Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy, has a great column in today’s Washington Post explaining why he’s changed his mind.

There is alot to like about the column, but here’s the money quote:

Since 1993, I have had the rich satisfaction of knowing and working with many openly gay and lesbian Americans, and I have come to realize that “gay” is an artificial category when it comes to measuring a man or woman’s on-the-job performance or commitment to shared goals. It says little about the person. Our differences and prejudices pale next to our historic challenge. Gen. Pace is entitled, like anyone, to his personal opinion, even if it is completely out of the mainstream of American thinking. But he should know better than to assert this opinion as the basis for policy of a military that represents and serves an entire nation. Let us end “don’t ask, don’t tell.” This policy has become a serious detriment to the readiness of America’s forces as they attempt to accomplish what is arguably the most challenging mission in our long and cherished history.

Good for you Senator. Except I’d disagree on one thing. General Pace is entitled to his own personal opinion about homosexuals, but he serves at the pleasure of the President and as he has already admitted, it was entirely inappropriate for him to voice his personal views on this issue while speaking as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The ban on homosexuals, or at least open homosexuals, in the military is as out-dated as segration was when Harry Truman ended that stupid policy in the 1950s. It’s time for it to come to an end.

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4 Comments

  1. [...] Originally posted at The Liberty Papers [...]

    Pingback by Below The Beltway » Blog Archive » Common Sense On Gays In The Military — March 14, 2007 @ 8:39 am
  2. The solution to this nonsense is quite simple:

    Infantry Battalion “1/23″ comprises – “Straight” Guys and Girls who wanna’ be guys and like girls. (No Hanky-Panky in this Battalion!)

    Signal Battalion “7/89″ comprises – “Straight” Girls and Gay Guys who wanna’ be girls and like guys. (No Hanky-Panky in this Battalion!)

    This solution, I believe, meets Simpson’s criteria, is quite good (in my very humble opinion), and should be tested in the California National Guard or Army Reserve units located in that gay state, as soon as possible.

    Comment by Rue-Mur — March 14, 2007 @ 9:33 am
  3. For crying out loud. They’re youngsters volunteering to be killed. Let them have sex.

    Comment by Zafner — March 14, 2007 @ 7:51 pm
  4. Hay! Zafner!

    Sex! SEX! Sex?

    OK! But Ya’ gotta’ do it “by the numbers”! No hanky-panky in uniform! After Lights Out! And with condoms! Remember, VD, Aids, and all that other stuff yer Mom and Dad never told you about, is a self-inflicted wound –like a bad sunburn– and against the Regs. Don’t wanna’ Chapter 10 do ya?

    Comment by Rue-Mur — March 15, 2007 @ 7:01 am

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