Pentagon Report: Repealing DADT Would Have Little Impact on Combat Operations

November 11, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)—The long-awaited results from the Pentagon’s survey of troops regarding their views on repealing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have trickled out in draft form, before the final report is issued on Dec 1. And the results are positive. A large majority of those surveyed believe openly gay soldiers would not negatively impact combat operations during a time of two wars. That’s good news right? Well, not so fast. Even if 100 percent of all military personnel surveyed supported repealing DADT, a large number of homophobic Republican senators, such as John McCain (R-AZ) would still manufacture an excuse not to repeal the odious policy. While the draft report seems to strongly support allowing openly gay soldiers to serve, there is plenty of data that could be used by the likes of McCain as a rationale for keeping DADT in place. And we can expect another defense appropriations bill showdown, if the DADT repeal amendment remains.

The Washington Post writes:

“More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.”  [...]

“The long, detailed and nuanced report will almost certainly be used by opponents and supporters of repeal legislation to bolster their positions in what is likely to be a heated and partisan congressional debate.”

Eventually, the sheer weight of public opinion, our changing society and perhaps, the Supreme Court will undo the discriminatory military policy, but for now the rights of gay men and women are dependent upon right-wing, gay-bashing Republican lawmakers.

And that’s an outrage.


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