Obama Addresses Issue of Gays in the Military

When Bill Clinton was running for president he promised the gay community that he would change the service rules so that openly gay people could serve in the military. When he was elected he ran into a great deal of opposition and he struck a deal that is now termed “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, a policy that says the military may not ask if a person is gay and a person is not to tell. If caught engaging in homosexual behavior people would be discharged. This did not make the gay community happy because they felt betrayed by Clinton. I have no doubt many gay people have served honorably under this rule and this post is not to debate the pros or cons of gays openly serving.

Barack Obama was interviewed by the Military Times and he stated that he would allow openly gay people to serve in the military. He stated it was a matter of fairness. The military is not fair and there are many exclusions from service like failing a physical fitness test, poor vision, poor hearing, or being overweight. In any event, Obama is making a promise that he, like Bill Clinton, might not be able to keep. It is not a matter of just saying it and making it so, as Clinton found out. Perhaps the gay community should consider this before casting their votes. Obama is saying he will do it but history shows us that he probably will not be able to, at least not easily and with so many pressing issues he might not want to expend the effort. Here is what Obama said about the issue:

Obama also spoke of rocking the boat. In what seems certain to be one of his more controversial proposals for the military, Obama said he wants to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Equity and fairness are part of the reason for lifting the ban on acknowledged homosexuals serving in the military, Obama said, but there are practical reasons, too — like getting “all hands on deck” when the nation needs people in uniform. “If we can’t field enough Arab linguists, we shouldn’t be preventing an Arab linguist from serving his or her country because of what they do in private,” he said, referring to the 2006 discharge of about 60 linguists for violating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on service by homosexuals.

“I want to make sure that we are doing it in a thoughtful and principled way. But I do believe that at a time when we are short-handed, that everybody who is willing to lay down their lives on behalf of the United States and can do so effectively, can perform critical functions, should have the opportunity to do so.” Military Times

A majority of people in the military oppose gays serving but it appears as if the number has been decreasing over the years. Still, if he wants to gain the trust of the troops he should not be using the military for social engineering. I am not sure the “all hands on deck” comment was the right one to use…

I wonder if all those interpreters who were discharged were male. The lesbian interpreters are better at hiding their homosexuality and ensuring they do not get caught.

The lesbian interpreters are cunning linguists.

Big Dog

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7 Responses to “Obama Addresses Issue of Gays in the Military”

  1. Jo says:

    That’s one way to grab the military vote (snort). Hubby told me to read the article and I blanched at it. Then I saw part of the video online … we are finally weeding out the social crap from the military, need we start up yet again the stress cards in basic training? God help us!

    Jos last blog post..ENOUGH!

  2. GM Roper says:

    I’ve never had an issue with Gays being in the military, they always have been and always will be. Obama is pandering to one more segment of the group that makes up “Democrat.”

  3. Jason says:

    How is this issue a priority? I mean come on! We killed a million people in Iraq, we destroyed the dollar, we destroyed our reputation, many of us think our own government is responsible for 9/11, so how is “gays in the military” an issue at this point?

  4. Big Dog says:

    Jason, what planet are you from? We did not kill a million people in Iraq or anywhere else. We have not destroyed our reputation, let someone get in trouble and the first thing they do is scream for our help (see Georgia the country not the state). See tsunami, see China earthquake.

    The dollar is down so ask why it happened after Democrats took control of Congress.

  5. Jason says:

    Tell that to the million dead Iraqis.

  6. Big Dog says:

    No credible source has ever come close to that number. Many groups throw numbers around but none have evidence to back it up.

  7. Richard says:

    If we would stop going to war he would not have to be concerned