Thursday, January 28, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell: Why Now ?

It looks like Chairman Obama is bored.

Apparently, the implementation of socialism, keeping leftist cronies happy, destroying health care, and sinking the economy with Cap and Trade and Card Check is not challenging enough.

To score the proverbial hat trick, he's out to destroy the military as well.

Let's get this out of the way from now: I actually support gays in the military. They've been there since Valley Forge and they'll be there until the final battles of Armageddon. Believe me, a hot round from an M-16 tearing into the flesh of some terrorist could care less if the shooter is gay, and the hot round from an AK-47 could care less if it's tearing into the flesh of a gay solidier or Marine, either.

The bottom line is, no one who's ever seen combat could care less if their buddy in a fox hole is gay. They care if the guy is a coward or a lousy shot.

However, there's no way to defend Obama's renewed call for the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". This isn't about gay rights, this is about a sinking President pandering to a defeated, tired base. This is a President so hungry for any sort of victory he'll do anything, including giving another crippling blow to national security. The military has two active wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to worry about. It also has to worry about Yemen, Iran, and North Korea. There's also the unconstitutional deployment to Haiti and the civil unrest that's surely on it's way to worry about as well. The US military is the greatest army ever assembled in world history, but even they aren't supermen or superwomen. You can only stretch them so far, and the last thing they need is a pointless debate stirred up by some community organizer who's never served a day in his life.

Now, of course, the "This year I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are." may draw applause from the liberal backbenchers and sounds enlightened, but the truth is many gays already serve in the military, and this is just another shot at the Right. Most on the Right couldn't give a rat's hind quarters what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home, just like most military commanders could care less what their charges do on their 48 hour passes. What the repeal of " Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will do is bog the military down in Request Masts and other pointless litigation at a time when distraction is needed least.

To quote a buddy of mine who is a former SEAL (and no, he wasn't court martialed for punching a terrorist in the tummy):

"The job of the military is to kill people and blow sh-- up."

The military exists for that purpose and that purpose alone. It's not some social experiment.

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