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    Again with the Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    From National Review's Military Blog, the Tank.

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    Friday, April 03, 2009

    1000+ Flag/General Officers Affirm Law on Gays [Elaine Donnelly]
    More than 1,000 retired Flag & General Officers for the Military, including 47 four-star leaders from all branches of the United States military, have taken a firm stand in support of the 1993 law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military.

    That statute, Section 654, Title 10, U.S.C., frequently is mistaken for the administrative policy known as ďDonít Ask, Donít Tell.Ē

    On March 31, 2009, the independent Flag & General Officers for the Military project delivered 1,050 hand-written signatures endorsing a concise and respectful Open Letter addressed to the White House, Pentagon, and members of Congress. A list of the statement signers, which has since climbed to over 1,100, is posted on the website, which also presents the brief statement of support for the law that the officers endorsed.

    We, the Undersigned Flag & General Officers
    In addition, Flag & General Officers for the Military posts an Issue Overview that sets forth reasons why they are concerned about the impact on recruiting, retention, and overall readiness if Congress passes legislation to repeal Section 654, Title 10.

    The law passed in 1993 with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities in both houses, and federal courts have upheld it as constitutional several times. An introduction to the open letter notes:
    Among us are a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several Service Chiefs, a number of combatant command, theater, and other major U.S. and allied force commanders, together with a Medal of Honor recipient and hundreds of flag and general officers who have led the men and women of our armed services at every echelon, and in both peace and war, past and present.
    The 1,000+ star-studded letter, which was prompted by the reintroduction of legislation into the 111th Congress to repeal the 1993 law, could be decisive in refocusing the course of the debate:
    Our past experience as military leaders leads us to be greatly concerned about the impact of repeal on morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall military readiness. We believe that imposing this burden on our men and women in uniform would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.

    As a matter of national security, we urge you to support the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military, and to oppose any legislative, judicial, or administrative effort to repeal or invalidate the law.
    My organization, the Center for Military Readiness, provided administrative support for the Flag & General Officers for the Military project. We are deeply grateful to this distinguished group of leaders who have stepped forward to defend sound principles and policies for the all-volunteer force.
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    I left the links in the article so you can see the list of Generals and source material.
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    Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!

    You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.


    I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
    but every girl I found was either one way or the other...



 

 

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