Don't ask. Just don't ask. According to the Boston Globe, a study conducted by 4 former military officers determined that openly gay troops probably won't screw up morale and combat effectiveness of troops. The study was conducted on behalf of the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California: Santa Barbara. The Center's mission is to examine the ramifications of "don't ask, don't tell." To lend the study credibility, it was paneled by Army General Robert Gard, Marine Corps. General Hugh Aitken, Air Force Lt. General Robert Alexander, and Navy Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan.
The British and Israeli military have allowed openly gay soldiers to serve for years. Hmm. We suppose that they are 2 of our closest allies but if Israel and Great Britain were to wear turquoise jewelry, drive a Miata, and summer on Fire Island, would we automatically wear turquoise jewelry, drive a Miata, and summer on Fire Island? Who knows?
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Some group claims that there are like 500 openly gay soldiers in the Army currently and they say looking the other way is more stressful on commanders than dealing with morale issues. It would be awesome if someone could come up with a genuine apolitical way of verifying all of this. And the words 'bipartisan committee' just don't do it for us any more. Thoughts? Should openly gay Americans be able to serve?