Last week, Senator John McCain said it was irresponsible on the part of President Obama to get involved in the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military. This week, Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, said it was time to respect the rights of men and women who have been risking their lives in the service of their country by ending the ridiculous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Gates admitted it might irritate some by conducting a review of the policy in the midst of war, but it is time to move on with the rights of gays and lesbians. Admiral Mullen also told Congress that he completely supports this initiative. “Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal and professional belief that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do.”
Admiral Mullen told senators, “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” Nothing more to add to this statement, is there?