‘Several Year Process’ to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – Washington Post

WTF?

In a Washington Post article today the timeline process for the completion of DADT could take as long as 2012! 

“The Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military.A special investigation into how the ban can be repealed without hurting the morale or readiness of the troops was expected to be announced Tuesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While the review is likely to take the better part of this year to complete, and even more time to implement, its initiation will advance President Barack Obama’s goal of repealing the ban and bring a divisive issue for the military back to the fore.”

Among the many “important” topics to be discussed that wil cause this delay:

“The review to be announced next week was expected to delve into practical issues that surround changing the law: Can a soldier be forced to room with someone who is openly gay if they are the same sex? Would the military recognize civil unions and how much would it cost to extend benefits to a service member’s partner? Would quotas be imposed to ensure openly gay service members aren’t passed over for promotions?”

“Without hurting the motale and readiness of the troops?”  For a war mongering understaffed military coutry like ours that should hardly be an issues.  And as for the “Can a soldier be forced to room with someone who is openly gay if they are the same sex?”  Can soilders be forced now to room African Americans if they are caucasian?  Or forced to room with Muslims if they are Christian?  Or be forced to room with stupid bigoted rednecks tea baggers if they are liberals?

Not only is this bullshit.  Its degrading and reminiscent of discussions of 1943 when African Americans were fighting to be “allowed” to join the Military.

So this is the United States at work, More discussion of military showers and barracks, and segregation, and sexual predation, completely ignoring the fact that there are thousands of gay and lesbian military servicemembers already serving in the military, and multiple studies already completed on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. And that almost every major civilized country in the world already allows Gay and lesbians soliders to serve openly.

If the plan is to draw this out over a number of years, then Obama should sign (and we should demand he sign) an executive order immediately putting a moratorium on gay expulsions while this ridiculous overblown debate is undertaken.

Personally right now though I wonder why any gay or lesbian would want to fight and defend this country.

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Will Kohler

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