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Army officer: Lift DADT ASAP

This is today’s comment of the day, written by an officer in response to the lesbian Army officer’s discussion, quoted here yesterday, of the pain and stress that “don’t ask, don’t tell” causes every day: It forces dishonesty and undermines trust. You either let them serve openly or not all. Given that many are quietly ...

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This is today’s comment of the day, written by an officer in response to the lesbian Army officer’s discussion, quoted here yesterday, of the pain and stress that “don’t ask, don’t tell” causes every day:

It forces dishonesty and undermines trust.

You either let them serve openly or not all. Given that many are quietly serving and doing their jobs — who are any of us to tell them NO?

Back in 2000 when that moron killed his roomie at Fort Campbell because he suspected he was gay, we had to do 100 percent Consideration for Others training. I had to give that stupid fucking class4 times to get 100 percent of my soldiers covered. I hated that — why? Because it was a big fat waste of time — time we needed to be spending training for combat. Because everyone learns at some point in time to treat others the way they want to be treated. And some things are none of your f’in business. Even though I hated teaching the obvious to my soldiers I took full advantage.

Indeed, I told everyone of my soldiers that if they did anything to hurt a fellow soldier I would pursue them to the very limits of my capabilities of the UCMJ and maybe beyond it… because more important than anyone’s sexuality was our operation as a team. A team of people who had to rely on one another. And none of them were fit to judge one another’s behavior in this matter.

End the farce now.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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