In 2006, Senator John McCain expressed his views regarding the presence of gays and lesbians in this manner: “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.” OK, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has come forth to recommend ending the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and McCain along with his Republican buddies are denouncing calls for change. Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has made clear he wants a change in policy and has General David Petraeus whom conservatives regard as a great military leader. The basic argument advanced by Republican congressmen is changing the policy somehow impedes “military effectiveness” as noted by Cong. Gene Taylor.
Lost in their concern about “effectiveness” is any consideration for the effectiveness in combat of gay and lesbian soldiers who are risking their lives in the service of the nation. Latest polls of Americans indicate at least 60% favor changing the policy. It is always so fascinating that so many congressmen who have never served in the military know so much about military effectiveness.