Ending “Don’t Ask Don’t tell” is a Potentially Bad Move

by Ryan on January 19, 2009

in Culture,Election 2008,Politics,War on Terror

So what?  They’re gay and want to serve.  Historically, our hesitancy towards allowing gays in the military always gets stronger when we have no wars and eases when we need bodies to fight.  So what’s the big issue when last week, Obama’s people signaled that they want to end the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy put forth in the 1990s? 

I think it’s a bad idea to do that. 

Here’s a thought on that issue:  I am completely opposed to the military being a place for politically motivated social engineering — we should train soldiers to kill, capture, or remove enemies from an area in the most effective way possible within the general guidelines of combat. 

Also, General Order #1 to soldiers in the military nowadays is that there is to be no sex while on duty.  Soldiers I’ve met say that this can be very annoying on long deployments!  Yet, to deal with GO #1, the military decided that since we’re allowing women to serve and they didn’t want to lead our boys into temptation, that we’d separate sleeping facilities so that sex acts are not encouraged between soldiers.  DADT solves that standing order for gays who want to serve — we won’t ask, you don’t make a big deal about it and we won’t have to segregate our facilities or make a big deal.  At least in that situation, gays weren’t automatically turned away; we just don’t ask now.  It’s a step up. 

Yet, once gays are allowed to tell, the law of unintended consequences takes effect:  some will say a civil rights victory has been achieved, but will soldiers have to be segregated to comply with GO#1?  What about the impact of soldier’s quarrels on the battlefield?  Is every fist-fight a potential “hate crime” if one in the fight happens to be gay?  Does the government get sued, will the other soldier have to be court-marshaled?  What about the culpability of squad leaders or platoon sergeants in dealing with the newly segregated facilities or fist-fights that take place on their watch?  What about how those kinds of egg-shells affect general morale?  What about transgender folks and their sleeping situation and uniform issues?  Etc.

Obama’s position on this is pretty indicative of how little he knows about how the military functions, or the repercussions his politically motivated social engineering may have on our troops during wartime.

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