Mackubin Thomas Owens

“There is no constitutional right to serve in the military. The primary consideration must be military effectiveness. Congress should keep the ban in place”

SOUNDBITES — “Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Colin Powell, who no doubt knows something about racial discrimination, made the proper distinction in a reply to former Rep. Pat Schroeder during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in 1992 when she argued that point. ‘Skin color is a benign nonbehavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of human behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument,’ he said. The reason for excluding open homosexuals from the military has nothing to do with equal rights or freedom of expression. Indeed, there is no constitutional right to serve in the military. The primary consideration must be military effectiveness. Congress should keep the ban in place. It certainly should not change the law when the United States is engaged in two wars.” —s, a Vietnam Marine vet and editor of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s journal, arguing the case for keeping DADT (via)