Saturday, August 02, 2008

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the Moral Objections?

Apparently having felons serve in the military is OK, even if having gays and lesbians serve is less OK.

Deroy Murdock on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on National Review Online Some interesting statistics on recruiting.
Between 2006 and 2007, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently revealed, convicted felons accepted by the Marine Corps rose 68 percent, from 208 to 350. Equivalent Army admissions rocketed 105 percent, from 249 to 511. Between 2003 and 2006, U.C. Santa Barbara’s Michael D. Palm Center calculates, “106,768 individuals with serious criminal histories were admitted” to the armed forces.

Last year, the Army gave moral waivers to 106 applicants convicted of burglary, 15 of felonious break-ins, 11 of grand-theft-auto, and eight of arson. It also admitted five rape/sexual-assault convicts, two felony child molesters, two manslaughter convicts, and two felons condemned for “terrorist threats including bomb threats.”
Interesting. Anybody want to talk about "moral soldiers?"
Conversely, expelled military personnel include Arabic linguists and intelligence specialists who help crush America’s foes in the War on Terror. “Don’t Ask” has ousted at least 58 soldiers who speak Arabic, 50 Korean, 42 Russian, 20 Chinese, nine Farsi, and eight Serbo-Croatian — all trained at the prestigious Defense Language Institute.
That's the way to keep the focus on winning the war on terror. Or not. And we should note that National Review may in fact be part of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy. Interesting to see this info here. [hat tip Independent Gay Forum.]

On a lighter note, here is Jon Stewart's take on the recent hearings on the subject.

One guy seems to argue that gays/lesbians shouldn't be in the military - an ex-Ranger. But gays and lesbians are in (and can be in) the military, as long as they keep quiet about it. What are we arguing about again?

I don't generally like Comedy Central's "Daily Show," but this is classic. [hat tip Outright Libertarians.]

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