Skip to comments.Gates to present specifics on abandoning 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Posted on 02/02/2010 3:22:49 AM PST by SkyPilot
Defense Secretary Robert Gates will go before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday to unveil the Pentagon's plan for rolling back the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay soldiers.
During last week's State of the Union address, President Obama made clear he wanted a change.
"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," he said to a healthy dose of partisan applause.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff have been quiet on the matter since the State of Union, and sat stone-faced as the president made the announcement Wednesday.
A senior Pentagon official told CNN the military leaders are expected to support the president, but also will tell him to what extent they think allowing gays to openly serve will hurt the morale and readiness of the force.
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute said the real test will be in the barracks, with the rank-and-file members of the military.
"We can talk about this delicately or we can just be fairly direct," O'Hanlon said. "There are a lot of 18-year-old, old-fashioned, testosterone-laden men in the military who are tough guys. They're often politically old-fashioned or conservative; they are not necessarily at the vanguard in many cases of accepting alternative forms of lifestyle."
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Any "policy" Obama comes up with should change the LAW, but when does what the law say matter to liberals anyway?
Before "Don't Ask" the DoD regulation (based on the law) was to ask recruits if they were homosexual, and to ask the same questions during security clearances and during other events in your career. If it was found out you lied, you were thrown out. If you engaged in homosexual behavior, you were asked to find another career.
The final paragraph from this CNN piece speaks volumes. Michael O'Hanlon (probably homosexual himself) derides our brave troops as a bunch of testosterone, conservative, politically old-fashioned dullards who could not hope to be as enlightened as he and his liberal cohorts, and "accept" this "alternative form of lifestyle."
This "alternative lifestyle" is a disgusting sin, and God Himself has said so. These people have spit in the face of the Almighty, and they have no fear of Him.
I pray they reap what they sow. God will not be mocked.
Finally, Gates is looking at seperate barracks and showers that will be "Gay Only." This is NOT a joke. Can you imagine what these will devolve into?
So Mr. Gates,
Tell me how are you going to feel when you come early and find some old faG queen trying to seduce your grandson?
I wouldn’t worry about it. When the Republicans take back the house in ‘10, they’ll fight to repeal this obscenity, because the Republican party always has and always stand behind conservative values.
Did I manage that with a straight face?
Gates is the ultimate “yes man”.
I wonder what Gates assessment on having Homosexual boy scout leaders is. Gates is an eagle scout. Someone should “probe” him with that question.
WTF? Obama is an embarassment to this nation. His radical leftist ideas are coming out. He cares nothing about the security of America.
To Obama. Leave our Military alone you assclown....
Gates is following the orders of the Bama Boy.
If he was any kind of man, he would tell Obama to take his job and shove it. I aint working here no more.
When I was young and in grade school and they taught us about Sodom and Gomorrah, the question I had was how can a society become so debase as that described in the Bible Story. Back in the time period, in the 50’s, there were no men of questionable moral makeup in prominent positions dictating policy. Different now! Pay attention and vote wisely next election.
Obama finds it real easy to get tough on social issues. He doesn't have to balance a budget to do it.
>>>First of all, the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy is just that, a policy in the Defense Department. It was a political compromise that Hillary and Bill Clinton accepted when they tried to get Congress to change the law. The LAW says homosexuals CANNOT serve openly.
You are correct. That is more or less the point of the administration’s statement. “I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law” is shoving off the responsibility to congress to change the law. Something they exhibit no great hurry to do. The law could have been changed anytime in the last year. Democrats had the votes, they didn’t have the determination.
It is DOUBLETALK. It sounds good to the target audience but is hollow, it promises nothing. If someday Congress acts they can take credit, and if Congress doesn’t, “Hey it’s not MY fault”. You might have caught that if you had been in less of a hurry to rain down fire and damnation.
Major General Barney Fwank, in a few yrs. queers will be the only ones in the military.
Nothing good will come of this. Hate crimes against soldiers and open season on Christian soldiers.
This is totally FUBAR.
In the Taxachuttes vernacular the word is “queeah”
Barney Fwank is queeah
Saying such is an exercise in "dwelling on the obvious", sorta like stating "there is a large amount of salt water in the Pacific Ocean..."
Once the floodgates are opened, there can’t be a partial solution.
In two years, after challenges, we will see LTs Biff and Bill married on the base chapel, and move into base housing, where they will raise their adopted children.
Any “homophobes” who object to any part of this will be thrown out of the military.
You will see gays slow dancing and making out in the base clubs.
Anybody who says a word to object will be court-martialed for hate crimes.