Though it may be a sisyphean task, I'd like to try and start a lucid discussion about gays in the military. More specifically, I am interested where you guys stand on the subject of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and how much the men and women of the Armed Forces, themselves, should figure in the decision.
There's always a lot of discussion on this forum about what is right but what really defines that word in this particular instance? Defense Secretary Robert Gates for instance, takes the speculative approach without revealing much of his own views. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is ready to support a "clean repeal bill" without commenting on the essence of the argument.
What I would like to get into is the underlying logic of who decides and whether that is right?
I have always felt the men and women of the Armed Forces to be the unsung heroes of Democracy. One can easily make the argument that without the millions who have died for our rights and freedoms no government, no school, no investment bank would have any significance or value in spite of approval rating, graduation rate or revenue accrual.
Why is it then, that on the subject of this volatile and emotionally charged topic...I never get to hear from the soldiers?
Analysts and associates do not get asked much when it comes to the daily wheel and deal of the investment bank. The truth of the matter it is the MD's who scour the golf courses, country club dining halls and gallery openings for the big ticket clientele. Though the analysts, associates and VPs all play an integral role...the are ultimately replaceable and there is an army of willing simians ready to take their place.
Does the same rationale apply to the military?
I would argue that it does not and that it cannot . The low ranking members of the Armed Forces are the ones on the front, putting life on the line day in and day out. In this parallel, they are the dealmakers and the dealbreakers. Unlike monkeys, privates and grunts don't make much and risk their necks for it. Unlike investment banking, armed forces recruiting lines have dwindled greatly.
Unlike IB, the military BSD sits in the BO, far far from the ramifications of his choices.
Why have I not heard what the soldiers think about this issue?
What do you think?