The Pentagon has admitted that letting gay troops serve openly won’t really be anything of a problem. Around the world, countries like Canada, the UK and Israel basically respond with, “Well, duh.” Well, except French-Canadians who said, “Quelle surprise. Les Americans c’est tres bete.” And the Israelis probably said… something in Hebrew. But you get the idea.
This follows the Secretary of Defense saying much the same thing and basically telling Congress that it’s time to stand up and change the policies before the courts changed them. Better to take it gradually, according to him, than to just let the courts toss it all at once.
First, I’m happy that they finally came forth and admitted that this won’t be a big issue. Second, and more importantly, it doesn’t really matter what the military thinks. Their job is to do what they are told by the civilian government. Even if 80% of the troops were against it, and I’m willing to bet it would’ve been close to that number had they been asked about integration back in 1947, it doesn’t matter. They will do what they are told regardless. And troops who have a major issue with it are welcome to leave (and I bet the vast majority won’t).
Frankly I’m unhappy about the idea of allowing Congress to take it slow and phase this in. I understand that they apparently think our military personnel are a bunch of pussies who can defeat the enemy but are terrified of butt sex, but fuck that. They should just say “in three months, bam, everyone can serve openly”. They won’t, of course, and the SecDef made it clear that part of why he wants them to act now is prevent the courts from forcing the issue.
Plus, of course, I can’t really figure out how they’d phase it in, mind you. I mean, what, soldiers whose last names begin from A – C can come out during the first two months, with D – F following the next two, and so on? That makes no real sense.
But at least this report is a step in the right direction. I’m sure certain Senators will continue to bitch and moan, like Old Man Bitter, but most will go along with it, and regardless, this will happen. There’s no way to stop it.