The Joint Chiefs Quarterly, which is the publication of said body, released the following editorial. It was written by Colonel Om Prakrash and vetted by the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs.
If you can't get any clearer on why the policy needs to end, then you're just not paying attention.
It emasculates the entire policy for placing the military in an ethical bind and compromising an organization that values its moral and ethical integrity as paramount.
Conservatives are fond of saying that we should let the military make military policy. Apparently that only applies when it doesn't offend their righteous sensibilities. You can say that you think gay people should have the same rights, but you cannot say that and mean it when the reason you provide for denying them the basic right to be openly homosexual is that they're too craven to control themselves. 12,000 men and women have been kicked out of the armed services since the adoption of the policy. They were told to leave for no other reason than they were biologically compelled to like the same sex.
In a nation that prides itself on openness and equality, on patriotism and on service to the nation, I find it sad and depressing that people who volunteered to put their life on the line are denied that right because they were simply different.
I know why Obama hasn't acted yet, and it annoys me, but yes, but I am also willing to give him time. He's less than a year into his presidency after all.
Last edited by Orion; 10-10-09 at 10:14 PM.
How did we ever win ww2? Wasn't our policy the same?
It was the Austrasians, that hewed on bravely through the thick of the fight, it was they who found and cut down the Saracen King.
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
I edited the link.
And it is broke, so it needs fixing. Read the article.
From page 3 of the article I posted:
In 1993, as the language was drafted for
§654, there were no direct scientific studies
regarding the effects of acknowledged homosexuals
on either unit cohesion or combat
effectiveness. Furthermore, it is incorrect
to equate the two because unit cohesion is
only one of many factors that go into combat
effectiveness. Potentially far outweighing unit
cohesion, for example, are logistics, training,
equipment, organization, and leadership, just
to name a few.