Saturday, October 23, 2010 6:51:28 PM
They need a plan in place for general housing of gays in the military. There needs to be some magnitude of segregation or it will cause a poostorm of discrimination and harassment problems which nobody wants to deal with right now.
It hasn't elsewhere. I expect USA soldiers can cope as well as soldiers of other nationalities did.
All this happened in the early 90s in the UK. There was raving and there were comments like yours, reasonable comments expressing a genuine concern about potential problems without being irrationally prejudiced themselves.
Then they just removed homosexuality as an issue in the military and nothing much happened. Soldiers came out, openly gay people applied to join up and...one senior officer resigned. The only issue since then has been soldiers *in uniform* at homosexualist political rallies. It wasn`t an issue that they were there, just that they were there *in uniform*.
Friday, October 22, 2010 1:48:06 PM
drating READ, god damn you.
"The administration argued that changing it abruptly "risks causing significant immediate harm to the military and its efforts to be prepared to implement an orderly repeal of the statute." Toobinsaid the administration would like Congress to deal with the issue on a political level and doesn't want the courts to take it on unilaterally. A measure that would repeal the policy after a military review and approval from the president, defense secretary and Joint Chiefs chairman has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. By battling the legal challenge to the existing law -- a traditional practice of the U.S. government -- the administration is trying to buy time to implement the repeal process worked out with military leaders and contained in the legislation before Congress."
Friday, October 22, 2010 11:46:44 AM
Could be wrong but it seems that Obama saw the ban was going to be lifted by congress. Seeing the current leaders approval ratings plummet, he thought it would be better for them to do it instead of the courts.
Friday, October 22, 2010 3:04:00 AM
Why do people seem to think the President is so omnipotent? Essentially speaking, he CAN'T do this without support from military leaders and Congress, mostly the military. Or rather, he could, but the likelihood that some hopping mad General wouldn`t like it so much that he`d take some troops to `reclaim the nation` is strangely high at this time. So rather than be remarkably reckless, Obama recognizes that as the `Commander in Chief` he is mostly a figurehead in the chain of command. (I don`t care what you military types say, there is no reason this couldn`t happen if people were given enough motive)
Now I don`t agree with him, and I wish people would get their heads out their asses, but he`s got to involve all the branches of government to do this. He`s got to put all arguments to rest by unequivocally stating that every part of the government supports the change. THAT`S how bad this situation is! It`s going to take a long time to get this done right.