Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Clinton's Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff urges end of "don't ask don't tell"
Retired General John A. Shalikashvili (Clinton’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1993 to 1997) has an op-ed in the Washington Post, June 19, “Gays in the Military: Let the Evidence Speak”. The link is here.
The general refers not only to militaries of major allies but also to the experience during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991, when the “old ban” implemented in 1981 (the “123 words”) was in force but was effectively suspended. In deployment, it is apparent that Americans of this generation do not regard the presence of gays as intrinsically detrimental to their sense of dignity or privacy, an argument made by Nunn in 1993. Furthermore, the military has the ability to implement whatever Congress and the President order it to do.
President Obama is hearing more about this all the time, as with a Palm Center study recently showing that he has the legal authority to rescind DADT now. We will hear something soon about this from the president, I think.
The is a LTE on the op-ed in the Post today, June 24, called "same old arguments."