Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Breaking News and Developing Situations
so without further ado...lets get to the news...(updated 1:00 pm pst)
Don't Ask Don't Tell:
Filed under the category of "no Sh*t Sherlock" comes the release of the long awaited pentagon study, polling the U.S. military about how to implement a Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. The study is set to be officially and completely released as of 2:30 ET this afternoon. Preliminary numbers seem to support the obvious...the most soldiers don't have a problem with it. The respondents with the highest resistance to the repeal coming from the Marine. 69% of respondents reported working with someone they believed was gay and 92% of those respondents report that serving with a gay soldier did not effect their units in any negative fashion.
On the flip side, 40%-60% of the Marine Corps. "expressed concern or predicted a negative reaction" if DADT were repealed by Congress.
Not to be a Jerk but...its the Marines. Did we really expect them to say anything else? If they are tough enough to storm a beachhead I think they can be tough enough to get to know the gay men and women already serving among them. Not acknowledging this simple fact will not make it go away. However, I look forward to the official numbers and how they will affect the attitudes of senior military officials and the Congressmen who hold the fate of gay soldiers in their hands. I'm guessing their is going to be a whole lot of tap dancing around some very obvious conclusions by individuals and groups who will do their level best to discredit the survey and stall the repeal yet again...cue Tony Perkins.
The hearings will begin this week based off the report. When the report does go live you can find it on the Department of Defense website,...Here.
(update)Live stream briefing by Admiral Mike Mullen: