7.24.2008

A Telling Take on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

What an astonishing column.

It's a piece from NRO Online advocating an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell - from a perspective on the right. It's rather pragmatic (although it has a pretty hardcore anti-terrorist subtext). And it's convincing.

After speaking to quite a few friends who are in the various military branches, it seems the reality in the armed forces has rendered the policy somewhat hollow. While I understand the concerns entailed, I think they aren't significant enough to bar service - especially when it would coincidentally result in a lack of crucial experts.

Really, all one has to do to question the wisdom of the policy is recall The Sacred Band of Thebes. Or Alexander the Great.

Here's an article on the Congressional hearings presently underway on the topic.

ht/Volokh