Actually, no, not every military type wants to get rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. More than 1,000 retired officers signed a letter addressed to President Obama urged him to keep the law on the books, because repealing it “would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.” AND CAUSE THE NEXT TERRORIST ATTACK!
Among the signatories were Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., a former commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Gen. Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-91 Gulf War; and Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations.
The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service” and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and “unit cohesion.”
Mundy said in a telephone interview that he believed a “large segment” of currently serving officers shared the views expressed in the statement.
“We just see a great many downsides to attempting to enforce on the military something I don’t know is widely accepted in American society,” he said.
The statement was criticized by Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group seeking equal treatment of gays in the military.
“The signers of this petition are mired in the fears and politics of the past,” Sarvis said. “More than 75 percent of the American public, including most younger service members as well as many active duty flag officers, realize the question is not if ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is repealed, but when and how.” [AP]