Washington’s absolutely a-titter this afternoon after Lawrence J. Korb came out against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
“Who,” you ask, “is Lawrence J. Korb?” Well, he’s currently the Director of National Security Studies at the Council On Foreign Language. Back in the eighties, however, Korb worked as Republican Ronald Reagan’s deputy Secretary of State. Needless to say, Korb know the ins-and-outs of our military’s make-up, which make his words all the more potent:
The Army and Marine Corps cannot afford to place unnecessary obstacles in the way of qualified men and women who want to serve… Over the past 10 years more than 10,000 personnel have been discharged as a result of this policy, including 800 with skills deemed ‘mission critical,’ such as pilots, combat engineers, and linguists.
These are the very job functions for which the military has experienced personnel shortfalls.
Korb’s message, delivered to Congress, got rave reviews from Representative Ellen Tauscher, who cosponsored legislation to repeal DADT. Said Tauscher: “I have always admired Dr. Korb and I am glad that he has added his voice to the chorus of experts, military officials, and fair-minded citizens interested in bringing necessary equality to the military by eliminating the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.”
It sounds like Tauscher has a c-r-u-s-h. And so do we!