And so I start posting again
Almost immediately after my post last night Ken from Fifth String on the Banjo of Life replied wishing me a Merry Christmas. That was nice a nice surprise. I expected it to take a couple days before anyone even realized I was back.
Before I left on of the things I was banging the drum on was DADT repeal. Well it passed about a week ago and Obama signed it into law last Wed. I have been checking and so far Western Civilization has not collapsed and interior decorators have not been visiting all the firebases in Afghanistan. Obviously there will be some problems, as XBradTC says –
I’ve said before, most of those who are gay and opt to serve openly will do so in a manner that reflects credit upon them as soldiers. But there will be a small percentage that insist that their definition of themselves starts not with their identity as a soldier, but as gay. Mark my words, there will be unintended (but not unanticipated by skeptics) consequences to this change in the law.
Our soldiers and commanders will make this work. That’s what they do. They take their orders and do their best to make the mission happen. But again, making social engineering a priority over warfighting isn’t the best use of our resources, is it?
I agree with most of that sentiment, all but the last sentence. There is always a reason not to do something. The military seems to have forgotten that under our system of government Congress gets to write the rules, not them. It is time they are reminded of that fact. Besides that, the more I think about the warfighting excuse the more I realize it is just an excuse. This isn’t WWII where national survival is on the line, it is limited war for limited means that we could walk away from at any time. When you keep that in mind you realize that trying to justify resistance to change based on the fact that we are in a war doesn’t pass the smell test.