Pentagon Begins Easing Enforcement of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Rule - Generals React

“Congress is considering the White House’s request for a full repeal of the 17-year-old law banning openly gay troops.”

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Mr. Gates said the March 8 letter in “Stars and Stripes” by Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, a 34-year veteran who commands all Army forces in the Pacific, was “inappropriate.”

Adm. Mullen said Gen. Mixon erred by appearing to criticize a stated policy position of Mr. Obama and said the matter was under internal review by the Army.

“All of us in uniform are obliged to certainly follow the direction of leadership right up to the president,” Adm. Mullen told reporters. “In the end, if there is policy direction that someone in uniform disagrees with…the answer is not advocacy; it is in fact to vote with your feet.”…

Asked if Gen. Mixon should leave the military as a result of the flare-up, Adm. Mullen said it was “a decision that would certainly be up to him.”

Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for the Army, said Gen. Mixon’s letter “didn’t reflect the Army’s thinking or position on this issue.” He declined to say if Gen. Mixon would be disciplined

Top General Commander Conway of Marines also seem to be under fire.

cnn.com/2010/US/03/26/marines.gay.housing/?hpt=T1

I disagree with DADT because I believe that a) there is no non-religious reason about why gays and lesbians cannot serve as soldiers (Canada allows them and our military is fighting bravely besides the US in Afghanistan) and b) using religious reasons is a violation of the separation of church and state.

However, the biggest problem with DADT, even if you agreed with the policy, is that it was ripe for abuse. Many soldiers, especially women, were targeted with accusations of being gay/lesbian as a response to conflict. Many women who had been sexually assaulted or harassed reported receiving these threats. By making these changes, the military will hopefully reduce the incidence of this abuse.

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