General Merrill McPeak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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    Mar 06, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    Ironically (or maybe not so ironic?) from a source that's more conservative - not sure if it's been posted before though (

    "Retired General Merrill McPeak, a former Air Force chief of staff and a prominent Obama backer in the 2008 campaign, has weighed in with a New York Times op-ed against ending the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. I can’t say I find his arguments terribly persuasive."

    Here's the original link to the New York Times Op-Ed - "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Change" (I didn't see it on here, which sort of surprises me but it could also be my googling skills have failed me):

    "I do not see how permitting open homosexuality in these communities enhances their prospects of success in battle. Indeed, I believe repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” will weaken the warrior culture at a time when we have a fight on our hands."
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    Mar 06, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    Just ban open heterosexuals as well.

    In return, the services insisted that homosexuals serving in uniform stay closeted.

    This is completely wrong. The armed forces policy in regard to homosexuality forbids any kind of expression indicating one is a homosexual regardless if it's in private or not, i.e. it doesn't matter if closeted it's still a violation of the policy.

    The policy does not say that homosexuals can serve if closeted or that they can engage in homosexual acts if in private. Homosexual acts are forbidden completely. Attempting to be married to someone of the same sex or being married to someone of the same sex is also a violation.

    That guy isn't being rational, he makes all kinds of debatable arguments in there without disputing or scrutinizing them himself leaving holes in them. It makes me think his opposition is more about personal ideology than anything else.
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    Mar 07, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    Bigots are bigots regardless of the rank or uniform or religion. So many in the U.S. would be better off living in Iran or other countries where freedom is only a dream but where their narrow minded prejudices are enforced cruelly and often with death.

    Until respects rules one's daily interactions with others, freedom and tolerance will remain just a fantasy.
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    Mar 07, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    Ah, yes...good ol' Merrill McPeak.

    Ever since his retirement from the Air Force in 1994, this man has been trying to get back into Washington in some way, shape or form. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the rest of the military (especially the Air Force) he has either been on the wrong side of history (Dole '96, Dean then Kerry '04), or put his foot in his mouth so badly that he became politically poisonous (Obama '08 ). The one time he bet on the right horse (Bush '00), he wasn't given a job & then promptly turned on him (Iraq criticism) in hopes he would be able to work his way back in '04.

    Like Anto said, this is way more about his personal preference than it is a truthful analysis of the situation. Because what's even more disturbing is his supposition that if DADT is repealed, service Chiefs and subsequent commanders would undermine the law and fail to implement.

    If that were the case, you can be sure there will be wholesale firings throughout the DoD. Outside of Shinsheki and Iraq & Mosley and the F-22, there has not been a great display of service Chiefs 'falling on their sword'.