McCain says military policy is working

Posted By Jessica Mattes
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In an article posted by CNN and written by CNN’s Gabriella Schwarz, Senator John McCain was quoted saying the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” is “a political promise made by an inexperienced president…” The promise to repeal this policy came in the presidential race of 2008 and is now being carried out in Washington. McCain’s comments proved proper timing as CNN’s “State of the Union” was aired as two American defense officials are on their way to D.C. to deliberate a report weighing the effects of possibly revoking the policy.

As this policy is discussed among government officials, does either of the arguing sides offer a hands-on perspective? Street-level bureaucrats, military personnel and the American people need should be considered and interviewed. Weighing the effects of national security’s performance with and without the policy is important before rash decisions are made based solely on opinion. Whether this policy is “working” or not is therefore irrelevant. However, McCain’s statement, “I want to know the effect of battle effectiveness and morale…” should be taken into consideration.

An argument of this magnitude could carry on for months if handled improperly and not displayed to the public in an orderly manner. In my American politics course we constantly discuss the House’s ability to act on behalf of the people. Representatvies are selected based on region and are constantly in the eye of the public due to short, two-year terms. Before any conclusions are reached among the government, polls and surveys should be done in credit of the American people.


3 responses to “McCain says military policy is working

  1. I’m not really sure what your take is on this issue, but I’d be interested in knowing more of what people think would happen if the policy was repealed. To me, this policy is an outright violation of freedom of speech and displays overt discrimination against homosexuals with no reasoning. The men and women in the armed forces are fighting for our freedom of speech, so why should it be taken away from them? Especially in this instance. The homosexuals who are in the armed forces are willing to fight for our country and many even die for it, so why are they being punished? Freedom of speech is the lifeblood of journalism and journalists are supposed to expose discrimination and corruption.

  2. I have not taken a stance on either side of this issue. The topic interested me and I thought I would share it and see the reactions of my classmates.

    I do agree with you, Kristin, the first amendment is a law journalists must live by. However, if the repeal of this order were to negatively affect our military operations and possibly put our country in danger, would it be worth the arguments and struggle? That is why I believe the president should consider the opinions of military officials, personnel and the public before implementing this executive order.

    • I think you offer an interesting suggestion. This order affects the government and military mainly and most significantly. The military should be asked and involved in the process. This issue is very controversial, as we all know. The decision should not be taken lightly.

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