Three of four service chiefs oppose prompt DADT repeal

Posted: December 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The DADT cram-down has gone off the rails with the Chairman and the SecDef needing to allow the service chiefs to testify.  As reported by Stars and Stripes:

The chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force do not support a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, telling lawmakers Friday that such a move could add unnecessary stress to the force.

This came a day after one source characterized the CJCS’s earlier testimony as this: if the American military doesn’t want to serve with homosexuals, they should quit.

The chiefs spoke during the second day of hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, one day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the same lawmakers to act now on a repeal.

In effect, Gates has told Congress to hurry up and repeal DADT, not because it’s no-big-deal, or because it’s urgently needed, but rather to avoid judicial fiat:

“I believe this is a matter of some urgency because, as we have seen this past year, the judicial branch is becoming involved in this issue, and it is only a matter of time before the federal courts are drawn once more into the fray,” Gates said.

“Should this happen,” he continued, “there is the very real possibility that this change would be imposed immediately by judicial fiat -– by far the most disruptive and damaging scenario I can imagine, and the one most hazardous to military morale, readiness and battlefield performance.”

Three of the service chiefs would prefer to defer.  The Navy Chief of Staff is the non-deferrer.  Back to Stars and Stripes article:

But the Army and Marine Corps leaders in particular said they did not agree with the assessment that a dramatic policy change would have only limited impact on troops’ morale and mission effectiveness. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said a repeal would “add another level of stress to an already stretched force” and “be more difficult for the Army than the report suggests.”

Without standards the slippery slope becomes…slipperier.  Drug use?  That’s a lifestyle choice each person has to make for themselves.  Fraternization?  Come on now, they’re consenting adults.  Obeying orders?  Your morality may not be the same as mine and ultimately we must each follow our conscience.

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