Former General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili has an eye-opening editorial in today's New York Times titled "Second Thoughts on Gays in the Military."
The General recounts the history of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and how it was enacted during the Clinton presidency. Interestingly enough, he doesn't apologize for his role in the policy - instead he stands behind his decision and defends it as the correct one for the time. Now, however, he thinks the time has come to repeal it and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve.
I now believe that if gay men and lesbians served openly in the United States military, they would not undermine the efficacy of the armed forces. Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job.The General does warn that the issue of gays in the military shouldn't deter us from finally developing a working strategy for the occupation of Iraq. He worries that our issue would supplant the war as the priority target.
Congratulations to the General for "coming out" and supporting his decisions - prior and current.
The day is coming - closer and closer.