Posted By Jessica Mattes
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.