The Misguided, Expensive And Utterly Unnecessary DADT Survey.

by Daniel Russ on July 10, 2010

Women In Uniform

The Pentagon’s survey asking 400,000 servicemen what they think and feel about Gay people serving in the military is misguided, expensive, and diametrically opposite of how a military command structure should operate. When FDR and his War Department chiefs decided to allow Blacks to fight in the US military, they didn’t survey attitudes and prejudices before allowing them to take up arms. They simply issued the order and today there is no question that Blacks are as capable as any people anywhere in the world of performing military duties. When the Joint Chiefs of Staff decided to allow women prominent roles in the military and even in combat, they didn’t ask how people felt. They laid down the law and it became the law.

The survey is an insult to the millions of closeted Gays who served their country and know one knew the better of it. Even Conservative firebrand Barry Goldwater once said “You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.”

I wish Obama would act a commander in chief and simply issue the directive and demote anyone who stands in the way of progress.

Imagine if Eisenhower asked servicemen how they felt about storming a beach in Northern France before Normandy. Imagine if Westmoreland surveyed troops about taking back Hue City in Vietnam. Surveys are for politicians. The US military is an organization under civilian government control, not military control.

It is long past time for America to join the rest of the civlized world and stop the institutionalized discrimination against its own constituencies.

In the 1960’s network broadcasters were wont to stir the pot of social strife. Rod Serling had to create an imaginary place called the Twilight Zone where he could explore and expose racism and injustice. In one episode called the Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, aliens forment civil strife in a town by sewing fear. In the epilogue, Serling writes:

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices – to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudice can kill, suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own. For the children and the children yet unborn. The pity of it is: these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.

Tuskegee Airmen


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