Gay rights groups think they have gotten one up on the military by repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ in this social engineering experiment that comes exactly at the wrong time. Securing the peace in Iraq to bring it democracy comes at a high cost of blood and treasure to the nation and ridding the world of the Taliban extremists in Afghanistan on another front is another tense situation. Social engineering coming at a time like this is taking place at the wrong time in all the wrong places, namely our Armed Services.
Don’t’ Ask Don’t Tell Repealed
The headlines are not really telling the whole story however. On the 22nd paragraph of the Senate bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell it states that top military commandeers must find or certify that changes made to the current policy “must not affect troop readiness, cohesion or military recruitment and retention.” Marine Commandeer General Jim Amos calls this a major distraction to the job at hand stating, “I don’t want any Marines that I am visiting at Bethesda Naval Hospital with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”
Repeal Not Likely
The House Armed Services Committee will have to hold hearings bringing testimony from military commandeers, rank and file service members, on the affect of having openly gay troops will have on combat readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention. The procedural steps in the Senate bill will give the new conservative controlled House of Representatives a major opportunity to derail the repeal policy.
Already Pentagon surveys from the troops states that if homosexuals were admitted on the openly gay policy 32% of Marines say they would leave the service sooner than later. While 16% said they would put an early end to their careers. Army stats say 21% would leave sooner than later and 15% would entertain thoughts of leaving the service sooner. Elaine Donnelly, head of the Center for Military Readiness, states, “These perceived losses could put troops in greater danger and break the All Volunteer Force.” If that were the case then a return to the military draft of the 60’s would have to be reinstated to have enough service members available to make the Armed Forces viable and combat effective.
Will Congress Approve
So will Congress approve the openly gay policy changes that would almost guarantee a return to the military draft? This will be highly unlikely now that conservatives control the House and have made huge gains in the Senate. The tactics will be to hold hearings to delay the final policy change until the new election in 2012 where it is thought the new Congress will be even more conservative thus putting an end to openly gay policy.
As stated in the specific language of the bill is that the repeal must be “consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.” Burden now shifts to the gay lobby to come up with actual proof that there would be no negative effect on any of the above stated circumstances. With the Pentagon already concluding that this type of social engineering is risky at best and faces wide spread opposition from as many as 60% of combat troops does it make sense that the Congress, with elections coming in 2012, remotely consider such a haphazard policy change? The answer will be a resounding no and the bill will not be implemented anytime in the near future.