Skip to comments.Veterans, Former Army Legal Chief Defend “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Posted on 02/06/2010 7:09:42 AM PST by GonzoII
Friday February 5, 2010
Veterans, Former Army Legal Chief Defend Dont Ask, Dont Tell
By Peter J. Smith
The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, representing a combined force of four million military vets, told the Times that they did not want to see the military readiness of the Armed Forces already straining to fight two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while maintaining its military presence in outposts globally undermined by what a Legion spokesman described as a new social-engineering project.
Warning also came from a corner highly experienced in military sexual harrassment cases.
Black cited many examples that confirmed [w]orldwide criminal reports document[ing] serious offenses being committed frequently by homosexual GIs.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have been under pressure from the Obama administration to formulate plans for repealing the ban. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, both vocalized support for the repeal and end of DADT, and said they would begin evaluating how to phase out enforcement of the rule.
However, Gates said that a military study on the issue would not be available until 2011. A delay that long could give Republicans an opportunity to take over Congress in the 2010 general election and stop a repeal.
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"One scandal at the US Army base in Ft. Hood involved a restroom advertised by homosexuals as a location for casual sex. Black said that investigators in the space of a week observed 60 men - including non-commissioned officers, officers, and enlisted men commit serious public acts of indecency. He said the incident demonstrated how public homosexual sex destroys respect for rank," which can translate into serious consequences for discipline on the battle-field. "How would men respond to such officers and noncoms in battle?" Black questioned."
Now magnify that....