DADT Begone

Over at BlackFive is a letter to SecDef Gates asking him to repeal DADT. I signed it…

 We consider the US military the
greatest institution for good that has ever existed. No other organization has
freed more people from oppression, done more humanitarian work or rescued more
from natural disasters.  We want that to
continue.
 

Today, it appears inevitable to
us that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and law restricting those displaying open homosexual
behavior from serving will be changed. 
And yet, very little will actually change.  Homosexuals have always served in the US
Military, and there have been no real problems caused by that.

 The service chiefs are currently
studying the impact and consequences of changing the DADT policy, and how to
implement it without compromising the morale, order and discipline necessary
for the military to function. The study is due to be completed on Dec. 1st. We
ask Congress to withhold action until this is finished, but no longer.  We urge Congress to listen to the service
chiefs and act in accordance with the recommendations of that study.

 The US Military is professional
and ready to adapt to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell without compromising
its mission.  Echoing Sec. Def. Gates and
ADM Mullen, we welcome open and honorable service, regardless of sexual
orientation.
 

Matt Burden- Warrior Legacy
Foundation
& BLACKFIVE

Jim Hanson- Warrior Legacy
Foundation
& BLACKFIVE

Blake Powers- BLACKFIVE

Fred Schoenman- BLACKFIVE 

David Bellavia- House
to House
 

Bruce McQuain- Q&O 

JD Johannes- Outside
the Wire
 

Diane Frances McInnis Miller- Boston Maggie 

Mark Seavey- This
Ain't Hell
 

Michael St. Jacques- The
Sniper
 

Mary Ripley- US Naval
Institute Blog
 

John Donovan- Castle
Argghhh!
 

Andrew J. Lubin- The
Military Observer

Marc Danziger- Winds
of Change
 

Greta Perry- Hooah Wife

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3 thoughts on “DADT Begone”

  1. As a former service member I support the removal of DADT, however I question why sending the letter to Sect. Gates.

    Frankly, I do not appreciate that the military (as an institution) or members of it are singled out, for what is policy set by congress and the executive branch.

    Why not a letter campaign to likely objectors in the House and Senate?

  2. Frankly, I do not appreciate that the military (as an institution) or members of it are singled out, for what is policy set by congress and the executive branch.

    Goddamned straight. The law, written into the header of every appropriation bill, directs the Secretary of Defense to enforce DADT.

    Congress is perfectly happy to let the Armed Forces take the heat for following orders. DADT always was a cowardly way for them to have their cake and make somebody else eat it, too.

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