I suppose I should write something about the end of the Clinton era law that became known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As a farewell gift to its liberal base, this Congress has passed legislation overturning that law, which the President is expected to sign very shortly.
This action is fully within the scope of the powers of Congress. And as Secretary of Defense Gates has noted, better for the legislature to do this than the courts. But is it a good idea? I think not. It is just another distraction placed on the shoulders of our soldiers and commanders, who you would think have enough on their minds with fighting two wars without having to implement social engineering policies as well.
I’ve said before, most of those who are gay and opt to serve openly will do so in a manner that reflects credit upon them as soldiers. But there will be a small percentage that insist that their definition of themselves starts not with their identity as a soldier, but as gay. Mark my words, there will be unintended (but not unanticipated by skeptics) consequences to this change in the law.
Our soldiers and commanders will make this work. That’s what they do. They take their orders and do their best to make the mission happen. But again, making social engineering a priority over warfighting isn’t the best use of our resources, is it?