Thursday, September 20, 2012

DADT - One year after repeal

Today's New York Times carries an article that discusses the impact of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) on the US Military (the repeal allows homosexual personnel to serve openly). Clearly, the looming disaster that social conservatives suggested* the repeal would instigate has not occurred. Homosexuality has no bearing on military efficacy. We should not prevent skilled individuals from contributing to the national defense simply because of their sexual preferences. My Grandfather (career US Military) has often spoken of the prejudices that black service personnel suffered in the past. That dynamic has since changed for the better and now, so has the treatment of homosexual personnel. Our military exists to protect the United States and our interests from harm. That objective should always be foremost in our minds as we develop and implement our recruiting and retention posture.
* - Chris Wallace, the Fox News Anchor interviewing Santorum is an exceptional journalist. Tough, fair and intelligent. He goes for the facts rather than the spin.

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