Retired Military Leaders Come Out Against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took a severe blow today. A study released today asserts that openly gay soldiers do not threaten unit cohesion.

Such a statement wouldn’t normally be a big deal – we’ve all seen that Britain and Israel’s respective militaries haven’t crumbled to the queers, a point that comes up in this study.

The most signification aspect of this report is that the coordinators came in the form of four retired military officers, including a Republican who helped implement the discriminatory military measure…

Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Minter Alexander, a Republican, was assigned in 1993 to a high-level panel established by the Defense Department to examine the issue of gays in the military. At one point, he signed an order that prohibited the military from asking a recruit’s sexual orientation.

Alexander said at the time he was simply trying to carry out the president’s orders and not take a position. But he now believes the law should be repealed because it assumes the existence of gays in the military is disruptive to units even though cultural attitudes are changing.

Further, the Defense Department and not Congress should be in charge of regulating sexual misconduct within the military, he said.

“Who else can better judge whether it’s a threat to good order and discipline?” Alexander asked.

We’re assuming that’s hypothetical, but we’ll go ahead and say “no one.” Now, someone pass this along to John McCain…