Congress Passes Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

At NYT.

I’ve been on record as favoring repeal for a long time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find the military’s rationale compelling. See, “Against Gays in the Military.”

And I haven’t seen this kind of reaction for a while, but see Bryan Fischer’s, “Benedict Arnold Republicans destroy military and our national security.”

The GOP platform is plain and unambiguous:

“Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.” (emphasis mine)

For those who say the Republican Party does not need a litmus test for its candidates, you just lost the argument and frittered away the strength of the U.S. military at the same time.

The armies of other nations have allowed gays to serve openly in the military. The reason they could afford to do this is simple: they could allow homosexuals to serve in their military because we didn’t allow them to serve in ours.

They knew they could count on the strength, might, power, and cohesion of the U.S. military to intervene whenever and wherever necessary to pull their fannies out of the fire and squash the forces of tyranny wherever they raised their ugly heads around the world.

Those days are now gone. We will no longer be able to bail out these other emasculated armies because ours will now be feminized and neutered beyond repair, and there is no one left to bail us out. We have been permanently weakened as a military and as a nation by these misguided and treasonous Republican senators, and the world is now a more dangerous place for us all.

PREVIOUSLY: “Gen. James Amos Comes Out Against DADT Repeal.” And lots of commentary at Memeorandum.

Cross-posted from American Power.

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