It's bad enough that precious Pentagon resources are being expended supporting and securing President Obama's pasha-like excursion to India and other Asian nations this month. After all, such expenditures come at a time when the defense budget is being dramatically cut - even as wartime operations continue in two countries.
Team Obama is simultaneously undertaking what is, arguably, an even more egregious assault on the armed forces: politicizing them in the interest of advancing a rank partisan purpose - appeasing homosexual activists who seek to make major progress on their broader political agenda by obtaining repeal of the 1993 law that prohibits them from serving in the military.
President Obama and his allies insist that that law - which is incessantly and incorrectly called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the nickname for a Clinton-era Defense Department regulation that was intended to undermine the statute by allowing gays to serve as long as they kept their sexual preferences a secret - is a throw-back to an by-gone era. In a way they are right.
The homosexual exclusion legislation was crafted back at a time when Congress actually held comprehensive hearings, in this case twelve of them, and engaged in extensive and informed debate on such important public policy bills. Members even read the draft legislation before voting on it - including its fifteen findings that are as relevant today as they were then in enumerating why homosexuality is incompatible with the good order and discipline essential to the U.S. military's effectiveness.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen have fallen into line behind the President's insistence that this statute be repealed. Adm. Mullen has gone so far as to declare that those who disagree should "vote with their feet" - in other words, get out of uniform and end the sacrifices they and their families are making to serve our country in time of war.
Such behavior by top Pentagon leaders constitutes what the armed forces call "command influence." It is being manifested in what is becoming increasingly clearly a politicized study of the effects of repealing the homosexual exclusion law. This study is being performed by the so-called Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG), co-chaired by the Pentagon's General Counsel, Jeh Johnson, and the Commander of [U.S. Forces in Europe], General [Carter Ham]. Its report is due to be submitted to the Secretary of Defense on December 1st.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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