Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently said that ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would have enormous consequences in our military. Why I ask? Does he think gays are going to be openly flaunting their sexuality in front of their straight counterparts. The military has rules for that sort of thing doesn’t it? I mean, isn’t it against the rules for straight males to be making unwanted sexual remarks and advances towards female soldiers?
Getting rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in no way is a license to start acting in an unprofessional and unseemly way. After all, there is no “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the civilian workplace and everybody gets along just fine for the most part. True, they don’t usually shower together in the workplace, although some gyms do. Then again you don’t hear of sexual shenanigans in the restrooms on a regular basis when it comes to gays in the workplace.
Gays serve openly in the UK without any problems so the evidence is definitely stacked against the perceived notion that there would be a noticeable problem. Sometimes I get the feeling that the military is just trying to throw their weight around. The United States spends as much as the rest of the world combined on Defense. A lot of livelihoods depends on the Military Industrial Complex and the jobs they provide. This gives the military a tremendous amount of power and clout when it comes to policy. President Einsenhower warned us about this in the late 50’s. We elect leaders to make the decisions, they are not for the generals to decide.
This is the twenty-first century. It’s time to let go of old prejudices. We made it through civil rights for African Americans, although we still can improve on that front too. No one can argue that that was a bad thing. Now it’s time for gays and gays in the military particularly.
ANNE GEARAN, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101013/ap_on_re_us/us_gays_in_military, Associated Press Writer
British Armed Forces, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_of_Great_Britain, Wikipedia
President Eisenhower-military industrial complex, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY, Youtube
List of Countries by military spending, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures, Wikipedia