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-Obama Ends ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ in the Military

by Dr. D ~ July 23rd, 2011

President Obama Signs DADT Repeal

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President Barack Obama made it official on Friday and certified the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military:

“I have certified and notified Congress that the requirements for repeal have been met,” Obama said in a statement. “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will end, once and for all, in 60 days – on September 20, 2011.”

This means that in 60 days, gay and lesbian service members will be allowed to serve openly in the military. In spite of the fact that originally the administration said that they would not make this change unless it could be shown that it would do no harm to the military.

Critics like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council point out that more folks in the service believe the change will do harm than those who believe it to be an improvement:

“Sixty-two percent foresaw at least some negative effects, and the report conceded that in open forums, ‘the majority of views were against repeal.’

“President Obama, Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen have no basis – other than liberal political correctness – for ‘certifying’ that a reversal of this longstanding policy would do no harm.”

“The entire process by which the Obama administration has orchestrated repeal of this law was dishonest from the start. The recent revelation of a Defense Department Inspector General’s report on unauthorized leaks to the media showed that the conclusions of the Pentagon’s report on repeal had already been written before the troops were even asked their views.”

Response: This will do no harm to the military? It will not affect the necessary cohesiveness of units that go into battle? I am not convinced.

Regardless of how you may feel about this or the entire country for that matter, it looks like it’s a done deal. Personally I have always been ambivalent about the 1993 DADT compromise and considered it unworkable but better than the alternative which we are now apparently getting.

Only time will tell how this will play out in the military. One real concern is that 24% say that the new policy might cause them to reevaluate their military career and maybe not sign up again for another tour when the time comes.

Already there have been some concerns among the more conservative Christian chaplains about the adjustments that they are now going to be asked to make.              *Top

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