Good morning

In The NY Times this morning, a letter writer contemplates the difficult decision regarding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

  • One possibility would be to form a commission that could select a committee that could study the situation and report back to the commission every three months. After five years, the committee could publish its findings, and Congress could debate how to formulate a policy acceptable to Max Baucus, Ben Nelson and Olympia J. Snowe.
  • The other possibility would be to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

That’s sure a tough one.

I bet we could get to the second possibility pretty quickly by just asking the folks currently in the military. A lot of them can be found in Afghanisan where it is the 118th day of the ninth year of the War there.

5 responses to “Good morning

  1. This is a tough one, Moe. On one hand, you gotta keep an open mind, and try to remain liberal. On the other hand, I can’t really see how a soldiers sexual life matters one way or the other in the military. The fact that they are risking their lives in service to their country should factor in somewhat to letting them express themselves openly, but then again, soldiers under 21 cannot drink openly, so throw that argument out. Also, I hate to admit it, but having openly gay troops in The Service might cause the American Military to look kind of weak and sissy to our enemies. When it’s all said and done, I think I know what we should do… Allow gays, and straights, the right to state plainly, in writing only, their sexual preference in all military applications and files, and then, disallow ANY vocal reference to a persons sexual preference, period. Gay OR Straight. That seems like a fair and equal solution for all…

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    • [having openly gay troops in The Service might cause the American Military to look kind of weak and sissy to our enemies. ]

      Not likely. Most armies around the world allow gays to serve just like anyone else.

      You are right that sexual orientation just shouldn’t be an issue. Just treat everyone the same, which is what Mullen is saying.

      In any case, it’s a civil rights issue.

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  2. I read this letter to the editor this morning and then read it outloud to Gene. It’s all so very simple and the writer certainly was spot on. Ad. Mullen mentions that he has been serving alongside gays his whole career. NBD. Get over it already.

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  3. good luck, Moe.
    Happy Weekend, 😉

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