In an editorial earlier this month, the Washington Times opined that now “those who embrace traditional moral values are the ones being told to stay in the closet” under Obama’s new rules. The message has been clear, and as Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Michael G. Mullen put it in a briefing last year, the answer for those who don’t like the new policy is “to vote with your feet” and leave the military. Under questioning by the House Armed Services Committee, the heads of the service branches were unable to explain how allowing homosexual conduct would enhance the ability of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to wage war. “Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ never was about anything other than payback to the radical homosexual lobby for its support during Barack Obama’s president campaign,” writes the Times. “The new policy can be stopped if the service chiefs refuse to certify that open homosexual conduct will have no effect on readiness. If they value their duty to America, that’s exactly what they need to do.”
Now that the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has heard twice from DoD administration witnesses, including military leaders who have no choice but to follow orders and to talk only about process matters such as the “training” program, we hope that the full committee and/or the HASC Personnel Subcommittee will schedule more hearings to hear from independent witnesses. Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC) has already indicated that he is willing to schedule another hearing.
Please call the HASC at (202) 225-4151 and ask HASC Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) to schedule more hearings.