Monday, June 18, 2007

Pentagon Advisor Says Military's Homosexual Ban Should Stand

From "Pentagon advisor says military's homosexual ban should stand" by Chad Groening, posted 6/18/07 at

...Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (U.S Army-Ret.) has written a letter to The Washington Post saying the paper rightly faulted the debating Republican presidential hopefuls for avoiding clear answers about the military's ban on homosexuals. Maginnis says in 1993 he advised the Pentagon task force that worked with Congress to pass "10 USC 654."

...The military analyst says real leaders should defend the ban as crucial for combat effectiveness. "There are very compelling military-effectiveness reasons why we need to sustain the ban," says Maginnis. "At the same time, we need to recognize that the arguments used by the left with regard to polling figures and fairness issues, the few anecdotal senior military people that have abandoned common sense and gone and tried to promote a gay-friendly military, are not serving the country's best long-term interests."

Maginnis says the 1993 bill should not be confused with Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. That is a compromise, he explains, that results in a "double pretense."

"In other words," he says, "it makes people who are homosexual to pretend they aren't when they serve in the military, and it makes the military pretend that they don't care if they do serve, when in fact they do."

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