While I was on active duty this past summer the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” commission came to Stuttgart soliciting input from service members. A friend asked my opinion of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. My response? “Don’t Care.”
The military, along with the nation at large, has much bigger concerns than whether or not one to two percent of the population could be excluded from the military. Furthermore, since it was obvious that eventually the restriction was going to fall, the sturm and drang associated with the issue had become a distraction.
The one thing I had hoped was that the issue would be decided by Congress. I got my wish. DADT was, afterall, Congress’ law. To defer the decision to an unelected ideological judge, or to rule by executive decree that the President was not going to enforce the law of the land, would have set dangerous precedents that, a la Roe v. Wade, would not have laid the issue to a final resting place. Last night Don’t Ask Don’t Tell died. Better that than for it to have lived on with life support.