I’m a bit baffled by the rabid response people are having to a recent statement by General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington DC. In an interview he was asked about the rather daft “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allows homosexuals to be in the United States military if they keep a sufficiently low profile. His response was that he thought the current policy was inappropriate:
“[It] to me says that we, by policy, would be condoning what I believe is immoral activity, and therefore, as an individual, I would not want that to be our policy.”
Okay, so he thinks that homosexuality is immoral. Isn’t it his right to have an opinion, don’t we want military leaders who have a strong sense of morality, and are illuminated by their spiritual or religious beliefs, not the latest CNN poll?
Notice that what General Pace didn’t say was “I’m going to get rid of this policy” or “I’m going to ferret out all gays and throw them out of the military!” He’s just speaking his own mind, sharing his own personal views on what is right and wrong.
I might not agree with his perspective one iota, but I respect him for having the guts to speak his mind and certainly am in favor of us having people running the military who have such a clear sense of right and wrong, not just wimpy marshmallows who do whatever the Command in Chief tells them.
While I’m ranting a bit here, I have to say that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is one of the very stupidest ways to not face an issue I have ever seen from the government! It’s neither an endorsement of homosexuality or a condemnation of it, it’s not one that approves of gays in the military or says they shouldn’t be there. It’s … a masterful example of how you can balance on a fence and never really commit to either side, and it’s a sad way to run the most powerful nation in the world.
I’d rather have the military come out openly and state that people of any sexual orientation are welcome as long as they’re good soldiers, respectful of their peers and commanders, and faithful and patriotic to their country. I mean, when they’re in a tent alone, does it really make any difference what kind of combination or action is happening?
Alternatively, if they were to make a clear and strong statement that non-heterosexual orientation was grounds for being either rejected from the military in the first place or drummed out of the service, then wouldn’t it be reasonable to also extend that to other presumably anti-social behaviors in this realm, like rape? If a female cadet accuses a male cadet of rape, they aren’t even kicked out of military school, let alone the service.
Nonetheless, regardless of your beliefs about the appropriateness of homosexuals in the modern military, do you agree that General Pace should be allowed the right to his own opinion, not lambasted for daring to speak something that isn’t pandering to the politically correct crowd?
[references: Senator Brownback, Redstate, Washington Post, Accuracy in Media and SF Chronicle, just to name a few…]