Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Telling When Asked

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on the prospect of ending the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:

Speaking for myself, and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.

No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity, theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.

Well, yourself is only the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A little less mealy-mouth would have been nice but it was pretty good as a start.

Much better than John McCain.

At DoD, there's always respect for the chain of command, and also for policy. Adm. Mullen really couldn't speak for DoD, because he reports to the Secretary of Defense, and because official policy is still DADT. That's obvious to folks who have worked with the military in one way or another, but it's not obvious to the public at large.

I'm happy for the statement, as is. I'm even happier that they've clearly given thought to how a repeal could be implemented in policy.
True, he can't set policy but the Commander-in-Chief has said he wants it done. He can certainly express enthusiasm for the change in policy and say his experience as the highest ranking officer in the military leads him to think it is not only right but doable (or things along that line).
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