- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I am one of more than 1,100 retired generals and admirals who have asked President Obama not to change the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, or, more importantly, not to change the law upon which the policy is based.

The law, passed by comfortable majorities in Congress during the Clinton administration, reflects more than 200 years of common practice in the armed forces, during which untold numbers of homosexuals served honorably and in some cases had distinguished careers as long as their behavior did not violate acceptable norms.

Congress came close to repealing that law, and I submit that doing so would invite the unintended consequence of a lawsuit charging that the Uniform Code of Military Justice is unconstitutional. Some federal judge would agree and the good order and discipline of the services would founder.


Alexandria, Va.

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