Your Tax Dollars at Work
Can you imagine if the military had sent out a survey about troop attitudes prior to full racial desegregation of the military? Or prior to allowing women to serve in positions other than nurse and secretary to the Important People? Since when does the military, which is a totally paternalistic, top-down, do-as-we-say organization take a poll about how the troops feel about a major change in military policy? Ummmm, never? I think it’s more than practical for the DoD to try to figure out how best to make the change in policy go as smoothly as possible, but it’s quite another to send the message to both the troops and the top brass that if you disagree with the policy, you can vocally condemn it and even undermine attempts to change it.
Columbia Law School submitted a report to Congress which found that our allies- Great Britain, Israel, Canada and Australia- didn’t have a problem integrating openly gay service members. Of course they didn’t. Because once the decision was made they didn’t allow the top brass to undermine it.
I’d like to hear just one member of the U.S. Congress try to claim that one of the most formidable military forces in the world, the Israeli Defense Force, has suffered as a result of openly gay service members!