Even if “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” gets repealed, there is now discussion about how we implement the change in policy. This absolutely boggles my mind. What do we expect? The day after the law is repealed, normal troop formations will be replaced by gay pride parades? Soldiers will immediately doff their uniforms and put on thongs? Taps will be replaced by “It’s Raining Men”?
What the hell is wrong with our military leaders? Here’s my simple implementation plan:
1. Only the “Don’t Tell” part of the law gets killed. The “Don’t Ask” part stays in place because it’s none of your damn business!
2. Gay soldiers are to abide by the same rules as straight soldiers. You don’t sexually harass your fellow troops. You’re there to defend your country, not to hook up.
3. Everybody carry on as you did before because guess what? It didn’t matter worth a rat’s ass before and it doesn’t matter now. Just do your duty. And Bob, if you wanna write a letter home to your boyfriend Ted and you wanna tell your bunk mate about it, be my guest. If your bunk mate doesn’t like it, he can say “thanks for sharing, I’m not interested in your love life.” Done deal.
As I said in the previous article, we won’t see the end of DADT for some time now. Despite the findings of the Pentagon study, which determined this was no biggie, Republicans will drag their feet on it and Obama will push it to the bottom of the to-do stack. But once the law does get repealed (and I do believe it eventually will), the “implementation plan” will be, as my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher used to say, easy-peasy:
GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH IT!