The Right Thing To Do

by
Abby Zimet

So okay: It's taken too long, it will move too slow, Obama's fudged
too much, McCain's a cowardly revisionist, etc. Nonetheless: it was
bracing to hear Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, speak unequivocably of  "the right thing to do" in arguing for repeal of
"don't ask, don't tell." This, from the top of the military, long as
repressive a culture as you can find in this country. Slow and overdue,
it's still a sea change to be celebrated. 

"No matter how I look at the issue," Mullen said, "I cannot escape
being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces
young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their
fellow citizens."

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