"A study by the Palm Center at UC Santa Barbara has concluded that gays serving openly in the military are unlikely to undermine its effectiveness:'The study was conducted by four retired military officers, including the three-star Air Force lieutenant general who in early 1993 was tasked with implementing President Clinton's policy that the military stop questioning recruits on their sexual orientation. "Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion," the officers states.'The study was conducted by a bipartisan panel — 'Army Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, who supports Barack Obama, and Marine Corps Gen. Hugh Aitken, who backed Clinton in 1996' as well as 'Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Minter Alexander, a Republican,' and 'Navy Vice Adm. Jack Shanahan...a self-described Republican who opposes the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.'
According to the AP's report, 'Shanahan said he was struck by the loss of personal integrity required by individuals to carry out 'don't ask, don't tell.' He said: 'Everyone was living a big lie — the homosexuals were trying to hide their sexual orientation and the commanders were looking the other way because they didn't want to disrupt operations by trying to enforce the law.'"
'The study was conducted by four retired military officers, including the three-star Air Force lieutenant general who in early 1993 was tasked with implementing President Clinton's policy that the military stop questioning recruits on their sexual orientation. "Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion," the officers states.'
"A bipartisan panel of retired military commanders has concluded that Congress should repeal 'don’t ask, don’t tell' and allow gays to serve openly in the military. One commander helped Bill Clinton implement the current policy in 1993 but says it’s flawed by an assumption of disruption when no evidence exists for it. The study [PDF], commissioned by UC Santa Barbara, found no evidence that gays serving openly would affect morale, unit cohesion or readiness."
"As chairman of the powerful Armed Forces Committee in the 1990s, then-Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) led a series of hearings that helped undermine President Clinton’s attempt to lift the ban on gays and bisexuals serving openly in the military....Speaking in Atlanta, GA today, however, Nunn indicated a shift in his views, saying that it may now be time to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)."
"Speaking at West Point on Sunday, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told graduating
cadets that Congress, and not the military, is responsible for the 'Don't Ask,
Don't Tell' law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from
military service. Admiral Mullen's answer came in response to a cadet's
question asking what would happen if the next administration were supportive
of legislation allowing gays to serve openly."
"Banning gays in the military because they were thought to be a threat to security is an argument that is holding less and less weight. One argument that is often cited is that US soldiers will not feel safe with gays in their ranks. This argument is no longer true. A poll of military personnel in December 2006 shows that a whopping 73% would accept openly gay and lesbian military members. This is a huge jump from 1993, when 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' was instituted. Then only 13% of soldiers favored the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces."
West Point is an Officer training school - it is not for grunts and it is certainly not specifically for congressmen. I think you would find an extraordinarily different attitude there in terms of the study of the reality of war as opposed to the politics of the military. They teach both, and cadets are expected to be the elite, capable of understanding and analyzing the grey areas between. The military needs the grunts to have blind faith, but to survive as an institution subject to the changing tides of politics, as illustrated by this Hunter twat's point of view, its leadership needs to be well schooled.
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