Bush's strategies couldn't wrap up either war he started. Do you deny that? Iraq is thankfully winding down (in part, thanks to Bush shedding Cheney's terrible influence and hiring Patraeus - and hopefully, the man will do the same thing in Afghanistan).
And, from my father's direct words, he served with several guys he knew were gay and they were just as good a sailor as anyone else on board and he didn't really care about their sexuality as long as they left him alone...and they did.
Don't deign to know what I know. I also have several close friends who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan who think the ban is utterly senseless - and they also think that going into Iraq (not so much Afghanistan) was utterly ****ed up.
In my lifetime, I've yet to meet a single person straight guy was physically/sexually assaulted by an openly gay guy. I have met several gay people who were physically/sexually assaulted by people who identify as straight (not a ton, but a few). I HAVE met straight guys who were unwantedly hit upon by a gay guy, but in every case they said, "Not interested" and the matter came to an end.
So what's honestly to worry about? Israel, Canada, the UK, all of Scandinavia, nearly all of Europe, a LOT of South America allow gays to serve equally. I've yet to read that their militaries have been torn asunder. Have you? Now, some nations who disallow gays to serve: Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba. So, do you enjoy being on the side of Ahmadinejad, Jong-il, Chavez, Castro? Because that's the company you keep.
When are you lefties going to start taking responsibility for things going on in this country? Its been close to 18 months....Wake up and smell the roses..........Since Obama became President this country has gone to hell in a hand basket.........
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
Obama is trying to overturn discrimination. You support it. As do the world's worst dictators.
Do you deny that what you believe is the same military policy as do some of the world's worst dictators?
You don't deny it because you can't. You and Crazy Kimmie and Freaky Fidel and Mad Mahmud all are in agreement. When you're confronted with something that you don't like, you simply stereotype your opponent (because I know a lot of Conservatives who think this policy should be overturned - but because you disagree with me, I must be VERY liberal). Never mind that a very good-sized majority of Americans want it overturned Poll: Majority wants 'Don't ask, don't tell' overturned - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
So, by your use of statistics, that must mean that about 60% of Americans must be VERY liberal.