So That's Why Don't Ask, Don't Tell Still Exists
Homophobia in the highest ranks of the military, of course! General Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that he supports the Clinton era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" program because homosexual acts "are immoral." Pace analogized being gay to having an affair, and finished by saying -- I think -- he'd prosecute both homosexuality and adultery.
"As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior."
You're already thinking this, but I think it's self-evident that anyone who had vocal and unrepentantly anti-Semitic or racist views would be immediately disqualified from being one of the nation's top military servicemen. If Pace had said, "I would prosecute black people, because I was raised not to approve of them as people," the calls for his dismissal would come flying from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
This was spotted in the Chicago Tribune, which elaborated on why the military needs gay servicemen and women now:
A 2005 government audit showed that about 10,000 troops have been discharged because of the policy. Among those discharged were more than 322 linguists, including 54 Arabic specialists, according to the Government Accountability Office report. The U.S. military, like the nation's foreign service and intelligence community, faces shortages of foreign-language specialists.
"The real question is: What is moral about discharging qualified linguists during a time of war simply for being gay or lesbian?" said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group.