The notorious Clinton administration policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” never resolved issues dealing with the position of gays and lesbians in the armed forces. Pretending what was only resulted in disjointed policies under which some were dismissed while others were allowed to serve. A mew study commissioned by the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, asked several retired military officers who represented differing political and social views to examine the issue. Their conclusion was that ‘evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion.” Several of the officers who participated in the study began by opposing lesbians and gays in the armed forces and were won over by the evidence.
Ret. Admiral Jack Shanahan expressed the views of many by insisting the current policy only engenders an environment of lies and deception. It is time to end the farce of “don’t ask and don’t tell” and allow those who seek to serve their nation the opportunity of being part of the armed forces.