In last nights debate Wolf Blitzer mentioned how Arabic translators have been kicked out of the military for being gay. He asked if (because of that) should we not allow gays to openly serve in the military. Rudy Giuliani and I believe Mitt Romney said that this is not the time to look at the policy since we are in a time of war.
The implication being that addressing the issue would be such a "distraction" that it would hurt our mission in Iraq--which is of course going so well anyway. This is typical Neo-Conservative flawed logic because if this war is so important then obviously we need those gay Arabic translators enough that we should wave the law to help the war effort that is so "critical to our security!!" Then again I don't expect these type of Republicans to be able to see or understand the obvious. Maybe it's not flawed logic after all since they don't seem to have any logic to flaw in the first place!!!
And as if it would take that much work to over-turn the law and reinstate those soldiers in the first place. If our Pentagon is that inept that it can not adapt to change to help our security then we are in serious trouble people.
The president of the gay partisan group Log Cabin Republicans [Patrick Sammon] agrees that it would not be difficult to implement the change in a time of war:
Sammon noted the military was desegregated during the Korean War, and commanders today could incorporate gay service members in a similarly effective and competent manner.
In a time when we need recruits we shouldn't be turning people away. Hell. Is some cases we are waving criminal records to recruit people but we won't take those dirty gays.
All these Republican candidates wield the heavy club of fear mongering to tell us how important winning this war is. Yet, YET they are willing to compromise that war, our security and intelligence gathering in Arabic countries because of something so trivial as "gayness."
The other Republican candidates didn't respond much better. In the words of Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese:
Every single Republican candidate for president just looked the American people in the eye and voiced their support for a policy that is more concerned about the sexual orientation of an Arabic linguist than it is our military’s ability to decode the next piece of intelligence from terrorist groups,” he said.
To quote Barry Goldwater, "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight."
NOTE- Government studies show “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has cost taxpayers an estimated $364 million.