‘Don’t Ask’ Discharges

As mentioned two weeks ago, Barack Obama announced that he remains committed to scrapping the Pentagon’s 16-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which was implemented in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. The policy itself weakened the military’s historic ban on homosexuals serving in the military. One of the arguments used by homosexual activists trying to overturn DADT is that discharging openly homosexual soldiers threatens national security by significantly reducing troop numbers. As so often occurs with leftist arguments, once facts are checked, the argument falls apart.

In examining the latest data on military discharges, it turns out that the number of military personnel discharged for homosexuality was less than 1 percent of the total number discharged for all other reasons. For example, according to Pentagon numbers for 2008, some 634 soldiers were discharged for homosexuality, which is only 0.338 percent of the 187,331 total discharges in 2008. Got that? One-third of 1 percent of all discharges was for violating DADT, and that number has remained consistent over the years. So, while the actual affect of these discharges on the U.S. military is negligible, according to homosexual activists, this loss threatens national security.

What actually threatens our national security is the loss of military discipline, cohesion and moral standing that occurs when agenda driven pressure groups and spineless lawmakers attempt to “normalize” an abnormal behavior in the ranks — a fact recognized by our Founders. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington had homosexuals drummed out of the ranks and punished; Thomas Jefferson authored a bill proposing castration as a punishment for sodomy; and the Continental Congress directed that American officers “discountenance and suppress all dissolute, immoral, and disorderly practices,” which included sodomy. Ah, but there’s nothing like “evolving standards.”

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