The Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

January 30 2006, 1:25 PM
Libertarian Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi throws down the guantlet over the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy:
I challenge anyone to illustrate how Mara Boyd the lesbian is less qualified to serve than Mara Boyd the straight.
Here are the numbers:
According to a new study by the University of California at Santa Barbara research center, 10,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed services in the decade since the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was enacted.... 350 of them were officers, health care professionals, or both.
Harsanyi's criticism of the policy is justified. It should be "we won't ask because we don't care." On a related note, the army has announced it will commence an investigation of a gay porn site on which members of the 82nd Airborne allegedly appear. This is a unit that has fought heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Martha Rudd, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon, said soldiers accused of homosexual activity might be removed from their units, although she did not have specific information about the investigation of the 82nd. When asked if the soldiers involved had been moved out of barracks, [Division spokeswoman Maj. Amy ] Hannah declined to comment.
Do you think there would be an investigation if the website were a straight rather than gay porn site? I don't.