It would appear that there are now very few military leaders who continue to believe that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" serves any useful purpose. Following on the heels of respected leaders like retired Joint Chiefs Chairman John Shalikashvili, retired Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy and retired (and legendary) Army Brigadier General Pat Foote, the Associated Press reports that a group of more than 100 Generals and Admirals have added their names to the list of those who want this unfair, counter-productive law to finally end.
"As is the case with Great Britain, Israel, and other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality," the officers wrote. "The list of 104 former officers who signed the statement appears to signal growing support for resolving the status of gays in the military," the AP added in its story announcing the statement.
The truth, as we all know, is that the officers are right. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not in the best interest of our national security and it forces brave, patriotic service members - who happen to be LGBT - to serve in unacceptable silence. We can all agree that it is long past time for this law to be repealed, and to allow those who serve our country to do so without a shadow of prejudice and implied indignity to cast over them, courtesy of the federal government.
But . . .