More Heartening News.

At about the 4:15 mark, Robert Gibbs responds to a question about whether the Obama administration will get rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“You don’t  hear a politician give a one-word answer much,” Gibbs said. “But the answer’s ‘yes.'”

You could make an argument against codifying bigotry on moral grounds, but it seems like the most compelling argument against doing so is pragmatic; it just makes shit run inefficiently. During World War II, the U.S. Army was drafting black men by the thousands — doctors, pilots, and architects among them — only to relegate them to being cooks or send them into the jungles of Burma to crush rocks because the Army had a policy of not letting whites and blacks serve together. It was a complete misapplication/waste of manpower and talent.

So it is with this policy. The Army has had trouble recruiting for most of the war (though it has been doing better lately), but it has been kicking out soldiers — over 11,000 since the policy’s implementation in 1993 through 2006 — including those with incredibly vital skills.

2 thoughts on “More Heartening News.

  1. Steve January 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Don’t ask don’t tell allows for a military system where anyone who accuses someone of being gay can pretty much get them kicked out the military. I have three friends this has happened to, the policy really fucks with people’s livelihood….because it pretty much ends up giving any violator a “less than honorable discharge”…deprives you of most benefits of serving a full army contract…and pretty much makes further employment difficult giving the specter of an incomplete term (despite the fact that the army often keeps the record sealed…the “less than honorable” designation would give it away to anyone in the know).

    I really hope this gets overturned I REALLY dont think people understand how it destroys people’s lives and of course for the reasons set forth in the article itself, makes a less effective military.

  2. scott January 14, 2009 at 10:27 am Reply

    I agree that it is time to get rid of Don’t ask, don’t tell. Considering that the US has an all volunteer military and the world situation today, this country can not afford to turn away any qualified individual and more importantly should not turn away any qualified individual that wants to serve.

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