General David Petraeus has added another bold act of brilliance to his already storied career – the counter-insurgency training and the secret wars of the Surge Strategy to name two – by endorsing repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell today.
Shifting from DADT is long overdue – this is not a situation like Integration, where prejudices can be segregated. Gays can and do serve in the military. They are just forced to do so with the indignity of living a lie.
The default attitude of DADT is not security but homophobia. It is far easier to the victim of homophobia ejected by its standard than it is the abuser. There is no reason for this not to change in our enlightened times, save for prejudice, and prejudice has never been a valid reason for the U.S.A.