Wow. As if having “don’t ask, don’t tell” as a policy weren’t offensive enough, now we’ve got Secretary of Defense Gates adding insult to injury.
He’s talking about finding a “more humane” way of enforcing DADT.
Is this their idea of keeping promises? I hope not, because it feels more like a lousy attempt at placation. Obama promised–he PROMISED–to do away with this ridiculous policy. Most of our current servicemembers don’t care what their fellow soldiers’ orientation is as long as that person is doing their job and has their back. Israel, among other countries, did away with bans on homosexuals serving in the armed forces some time ago and didn’t experience any loss in unit cohesion.
So what is our problem?
Here’s the problem: Obama is trying too hard to make everyone happy in this case. There are some things you just can’t be that diplomatic about, and this is one of them. You cannot promise to take care of a problem and then turn around and do something like this. Of course, this is all AFTER team Obama defended DADT as a method of boosting “unit cohesion.”
They also defended DOMA. So I’d like to know where Perez Hilton is now after lambasting Miss California. Oh, wait…he doesn’t have the balls to go after anyone who’s not a Christian.
More humane? How can we make DADT more humane? If it were enforced the way it’s written, maybe, just maybe I could see the route we’re taking now (trying to convince Congress to overturn it). But considering the fact that “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue, don’t harass” is often used to oust well-qualified soldiers on the say-so of third parties who have a grudge rather than the admission of the accused, I don’t think there’s really any way to salvage it. Get rid of this ridiculous policy.
Obama could suspend it indefinitely until Congress holds hearings. He refuses because he doesn’t have the spine to do it. And all this talk about making Congress do it to make it permanent is nauseating! If the President can do it by executive order, he can certainly UN-do it the same way.
We can’t have that, though. God forbid Obama take the initiative and responsibility for this decision. He might cause more irritation to some groups than he already is. Just as long as the burden isn’t all on him, we in the gay community can wait.
While we’re waiting, though, Obama is losing money and votes. GLBT folks who voted for him won’t let him get away with this one.