(CNN) – The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday announced two days of hearings on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
On the first day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will testify. The service chiefs will appear on the second day.
The hearings will come two days after the Pentagon releases its report on the impact of a repeal of the policy on the military. The authors of the study will appear on the first day of hearings.
Every argument used against the repeal of DADT was heard before, back in the 40's when Truman came up with the idea of stopping the stupid policy of race division in the military forces.
OK, not word by word, but the essence of every argument is the same that was used back then: 'They' don't fit in the military forces, 'they' are not good for the military, 'they' can't be allowed to mix with 'normal' military forces, it's against God's laws to make them equal to 'normal' military forces... and so on and on and on...
All those Dixiecrats and Klansmen and the likes were proven wrong both before and after the end of the race division.
BEFORE because black people (like homosexuals) were serving (with distintion in many cases and with some bad rotten apples in others, just like the white servicemen) since the Revolutionary/Independence War, so there was a LOT of records that those who were against the repeal were simply ignoring (at best).
AFTER because the presence of mixed race batallions and the likes did not led to losses in the battlefield, WHEN it happened the blame was on the usual culprits (bad strategy/weaponry/training or that the other side had the superiority by their own merits), NOT in the mixed races platoons.
The military thrives on the maintenance of order. DADT should be left as is. There is only so far one can push 1.5 million or so active duty military personnel before they react negatively. I think DADT was the best compromise President Clinton could achieve at the time. However, it is unfortunate that this policy is based on the behavior of those not directly affected by it (heterosexuals), not the behavior of those it restricts from revealing their orientation. I have a difficult time believing anyone (gay or straight) would consider multiple tours in Iraq and/or Afghanistan to be a fair trade for the chance to see some guy's naked rear end in the shower.
And THIS is a priority for the DemocRATS??? Looks like yet another thing they want to jam down somebody's (military) throat. Any wonder why these clueless fools were thrown out in record numbers?
This issue has to be driven BY THE MILITARY, not politicians, not demonstrators, not the liberal media. Of course, the best interests of our military has never been at the top of the leftists agenda.
Harry Reid's priorities are mixed up. Shouldn't an extension of the Bush tax cuts, and all of the other expired cuts that should be extended, take precedence over this political theater?
REPEAL it during the Lame Duck Session – Period!!!!
Raise the threshold from $250,000 to a higher number (the number the RepubliCAN'Ts were "throwing out" during the campaign season to make a point that a small business could make $500,000 to $1,000,000 a year) and END Tax Cuts over that "threshold" and EXTEND Tax Cuts for UNDER that "threshold."
Pass the DREAM ACT!!!
Let's continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD with our current leader, President Obama!!!
Wonder if McCain will flip or flop – can't keep up with which he is due to do.
He's senile - put himout to pasture (of course, his wife pays people to send him away from her)
To the Nancy Pelosi, the wicked . . . In a democracy, it is the will of the people, not the will of the military. Your support for a military run government is so republican. By the way, 70% of the military have no problem with repealing DADT. Sometime when you are thinking clearly, let us know what you stand for, and not what you are against.
Marcus – racial segregation (everywhere, not just the military) is a sad fact of our history that has been corrected and, God willing, will be forgotten. While likening DADT to segregation to make a point is tempting, but quite honestly, is comparing apples to oranges.
President Clinton came up with this policy during his administration and it's worked well over the years.We were told at that time that gays would not be satisfied and that down the road they would work in the future to see it repealed but at the time it made sense. I think the policy should be left as it is but liberals like to screw up things that work.
About time. Well past time, in fact.
Someone posted on extending the tax cuts. If ALL the Bush unfunded tax cuts are repealed, we will save $4 trillion over the next decade, and you would think the real fiscal conservatives would like that.
I am of the opinion that this is an all volunteer military. Let those that wish to serve do so as they are. If you can't stand your fellow American, then get out and find yourself a quiet little corner to deal with your own issues. There are other militaries in the world that let everyone serve openly. I want to know why this is really an issue.