Love It or Leave It

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Arms Committee that if a new policy is instituted that allows gays to serve openly, soldiers who don’t like that policy should leave the military. This is a politically correct “love it or leave it” attitude thrown in the face of military troops and it is for the benefit of a very small percentage of our population or our military.

According to surveys, 67% of Marines and 58% of Army soldiers in combat units are against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) and a study indicated that as many as 32% of Marines said they would leave the service earlier than planned if the policy was changed. That’s a lot of Marines lost due to a policy favoring such a small group and it indicates that many new recruits will also be lost because of repeal of DADT.

Defense is the most important function of our government and anything that hampers our military must be treated seriously and rationally. There are good arguments backed by empirical data that show repealing DADT would not have an appreciable negative impact on our military’s ability to do its job. However, a change such as this would undoubtedly have repercussions and if the surveys and studies mentioned are even half right, those repercussions could have disastrous effects.

The argument that this is an issue of human rights does not give it weight enough to interfere with our military’s ability or our country’s ability to staff a military. Those issues are more important and cannot be overrun with a hasty decision forced by politically correct pressure. Change, even an inevitable change such as this may seem, must come slowly and only after we have a full understanding and plan for the consequences. There are indications that we are not yet at that point.

Perhaps it is Admiral Mike Mullen who should “love it or leave it” and let those military leaders not yet sullied by politics make decisions such as these. Our troops face enough danger. They do not need the additional danger of a politically correct agenda threatening them.

David J. Hentosh

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