The hideous Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy is in the news today because of the comments of Gen. Peter Pace, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In response to Pace's comments that being gay is "immoral," all I can say to the "good" general is meet Sgt. Eric Fidelis Alva and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson.
First, let Simpson take you through the reasons why Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a lousy policy. In a Washington Post op-ed piece, the former Republican senator says he may have once voted for the policy that almost amounts to a ban on gays in the miliary, but that he would never vote that way again.
Kudos to Simpson for stating the case against this terrible policy so well.
Also, hearty applause for The Washington Post's editorial board slamming Pace and introducing the general to Sgt. Alva.
As Gen. Pace considers the uproar over his remarks on morality, he might reflect on Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Fidelis Alva, who like his father and grandfather chose to serve in the military. When he enlisted 17 years ago, he lied about his sexual orientation. Sgt. Alva was the first American wounded in the Iraq war, when he stepped on a land mine. President Bush presented him with the Purple Heart. His moral fitness for duty was unquestioned. What's immoral is that Sgt. Alva -- and thousands of other brave members of the armed forces -- had to lie or be silent for the right, the risk and the honor of serving his country.The emphasis is mine, and all I can say is yes!
Seems today that we have a theme on morality. Interesting...
That's Sg. Alva at top.