Don’t Ask, Just Tell: Where Do Potential 2012 Candidates Stand on Gays in the Military?





The debate is on. The polls are out. It is now time for all the candidates and potential Presidential candidates for 2012 to tell us clearly where they stand on the repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell).

Mike Huckabee was against the repeal in 2007, but did use the hedge word “now” in the quote below (I doubt if he has changed on the issue, however):

I believe this policy works, and I don’t think now is the time to change it, because our military commanders tell us it serves it’s purpose in preventing the disturbances that occur when it is not adhered to. No member of our armed forces is allowed to behave or display personal characteristics in a way that complicates or interferes with unit function and unity. If our commanders say that this policy improves overall force performance by minimizing disturbances at the unit level then we should not change it, especially not in the middle of a war.

Sarah Palin also thinks we should not repeal DADT “right now” and doesn’t think it should even be talked about.   But it is being discussed and her voice is needed.

Mitt Romney during the 2007 campaign season said

“Don’t ask, don’t tell’ has worked well. We’re in the middle of a conflict. Now is not the time for a change in that regard, and I don’t have a policy posture as to allowing gays in the military to serve there openly”

UPDATED:   However, this was a change from his earlier position stated here (contrary to his campaign’s claim that the only change he ever had was on a abortion):

He said that “don’t ask, don’t tell“ was the first in a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays’ and lesbians’ being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military.”

(HT:  Ansel12 on Free Republic)

END UPDATE

Tim Pawlenty has also taken a “not yet” approach:

It would be unwise for Congress to address this long-standing policy without the benefit of full hearings and the completion of the impact study being conducted by military leaders. I urge you to take no legislative action until the Department of Defense has completed its review and public hearings have been held to thoroughly discuss the findings.

The positions of Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, are unclear at this time. 

Rick Santorum is likely against the repeal, if any of the anti-DADT blogs are to be believed.

But this is a time for leadership, not a wait and see attitude.  Lead, don’t follow.   Don’t ask what the polls are saying, just tell us where you stand.  All of you!

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Comments

    • says

      Unfortunately. As a former soldier this decision horrifies me as most of the members of Congress don’t have one iota of a clue regarding what this will do to morale. Not to mention not even considering the logsitical problems behind this decision.

      • Matt says

        Shane,

        I’m a former Army lieutenant and the decision doesn’t horrify me, so I guess we cancel each other out. I remain in contact with two officers I used to serve with, both are now majors and combat veterans. Both happen to favor repeal and think the alleged logistics problems are really non-existent. Based on the survey that was conducted, it appears their opinions reflect that of a majority of soldiers. This seems to negate your argument that Congress doesn’t have a clue. Do nearly 70% of soldiers not have a clue? Are the only opinions that matter those of the infantrymen in the Army and Marine? I’m sure there will be some isolated problems but we’ll overcome that.

        Matt