Thursday, February 11, 2010


This is a terrific article entitled, Asking and Telling In Israel, that puts the lie to any stated fears and/or problems that the U.S. military would have if DADT were repealed. All the fears and lies about "unit cohesion" and "national security" are debunked in this one article.

Part of the article reads as follows:

As Israelis, we are taught from a young age to admire the United States. The American dream offers an alternative to the somewhat harsh reality of life in the Middle East. But that dream has been betrayed by the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that governs gay and lesbian service in the U.S. military. Repealing it will help America fall in line with what many other countries have already accepted—that, in the 21st century, sexual preferences should not be a matter of shame or secrecy, not even in the military. The thought of living a lie while serving—of not being able to share one's personal life with fellow fighters and commanders—is hard to bear. (And it's ridiculous: if Israel, a nation that is forever on high alert, can defend itself just fine with open homosexuals in its defense forces, then any other nation's army should also be able to integrate.)
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genevieve said...

Jerry, this is a great article. As far and morale and readiness, it's the inept leadership that hurts morale. I knew of gay and lesbian soldiers when I served. Turned out that they were some of the best servicemembers.

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi genevieve: As you know, all this talk about "unit cohesion" and "national security" in reference to the rescinding of DADT is a bunch of nonsense, and just meaningless rhetoric that serves to justify discrimination against LGBT people. And, if Obama had any moral courage, he'd have issued a stop/loss order a year ago that would have prevented Gay people from being discharged from the military. Best wishes, Jerry.