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Dont Ask, Don’t Tell…Doesn’t Work

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This year, the debate over the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has gotten louder and louder. Last week, Former VP Dick Cheney announced his support for a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The question is:  how much longer will America suffer under President Clinton’s 1993 compromise? Okay, now for some background.

In his 1992 Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton, supported allowing gay servicemen and women to serve openly in the U.S. military. However, in 1993, Clinton was forced to compromise with Congress and create the DADT policy. The policy prohibited individuals who “demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because “it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.” Over the past decade, the cracks in the policy have only widened.

In a perfectly efficient and effective military, I can understand the desire for asexual soldiers with 100% focus only on military duty. As human beings and not robots, this is obviously impossible. Today, women make up about 20% of the U.S. military. Why is the presence of female soldiers any less “risky” to a unit’s cohesion than the presence of homosexual soldiers? Why is it any less distracting to serve with a spouse? The discharge of gay soldiers is a disgrace to the country and the military. As of June 2009, 59 gay Arabic speakers  and 9 Farsi speakers were discharged by the military, although the military has a  critical shortage of translators for these languages. According to a 2005 study by the Government Accountability Office, the military spent more than $95.4 million in recruiting costs and $95.1 million for training replacements for the 9,488 troops discharged from 1994 through 2003.

DADT is not supported by the majority of Americans or a majority of servicemen and women. England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa all have non-discriminatory military policies, allowing gay servicemen and women to serve openly. without any negative effects on “unit cohesion and effectiveness”. The individual freedoms of homosexual servicemen and women are the same freedoms our soldiers fight and die for every day. Repeal DADT.

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  1. Evan
    February 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Haha the very few neo-conservatives ahha

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