Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military is confronted with a host of issues, including two wars, which must be the major focus of their attention. He indicated the need to give additional study to implications of how the “military culture” woudl be impacted by overturning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Mullen says he is aware President Obama wants to change the policy at some point, but any change requires an act of Congress so it is not up to the military. General James Jones, the White House national security adviser noted, “we have a lot on our plate now.”
General Jones is correct there is a lot on the plate right now, but among the most important needs is for additional soldiers. The key issue can be simply stated as — the military needs more soldiers and there are thousands of gays and lesbians who want to serve their nation. Why deny this valuable resource?