US Senate holds hearing on "Don't ask, Don't tell." Top military brass caving in after Obama declares support.
Radical social agenda would bring terrible consequences. But Congress must change law before it happens.
POSTED: February 3, 2010
In the wake of Barack Obama's comments during the State of the Union address that he supports homosexuals serving openly in the US military, the Secretary of Defense and top military commanders appear to have completely caved in to this destructive idea. Obama is, after all, their commander-in-chief.
Yesterday the US Senate held hearings on it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Senators that he endorses the idea and pledges to draw up plans to implement it (though Congress must first repeal the 1993 law--shown below--banning homosexuals from serving). And Fox News reported that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed Gates' remarks and added that, in his "personal view," changing the policy is the "right thing to do."
(Unfurtunately, Sen-elect Scott Brown has backed off on taking a stance on this, saying that he wants to hear from the "officers in the field" on it - even though Brown has been in the military himself for 30 years. See MassResistance blog for more on this.)
But it's an extremely unpopular idea. Last March over 1000 retired military leaders-- including two former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff --signed a letter supporting the current law banning homosexuals from the military, (Click HERE for letter) (It's essentially iimpossible for active officers to dispute the proposed change.)
Bringing radical social agenda to the military
The change would be a crown jewel of the homosexual movement. By repealing this law, homosexuality would be officially recognized as normal. But more than that, it would be affirmed and even celebrated as it is in public schools, government and many corporations.
There are few places in life where one individual holds such absolute power over another as in the military. Or where young men are forced to live in extremely close quarters day and night.
But there's more than that. We've seen that once they get into positions of influence in schools, corporations and government, the aggressiveness by the homosexual movement and individual activists to push their radical agenda is legendary - as is their anger when they are confronted or even criticized. Is this what we want in the US military?
What can a drill sergeant or a commanding officer who is a militant homosexual do to the men under him? Will soldiers be forced to be involved in "gay pride" events? If experience is any indication, the answer is yes. Certainly there would be diversity training.
But our fear is that the politicians in Congress -- like the legislators here in Massachusetts -- are more afraid of the left-wing media and the homosexual movement than they are of the voters.
Congress must change the law for it to happen
The term "Don't ask, Don't tell" refers to an executive order by President Bill Clinton to circumvent the actual US law passed by Congress in 1993 which completely bans homosexuals from the military.
The law (USC Section 654, Title 10) states:
"The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."
Fox News reported that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday he was "deeply disappointed" by Gates's remarks and reminded him that the plan requires the support of Congress. That is by no means a sure thing now.
For more info . . .
The best place for information on this issue is the Center for Military Readiness, which has excellent articles on this issue and other discussions including a chart of the consequences of changing this law.
Americans for Truth: Defense Secretary Gates Endorses Homosexuals in Military
Christian Science Monitor: Top Pentagon brass endorse ending 'don't ask, don't tell'
Fox News: Top Military Officials Back Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
American Spectator article: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Repeal