Anticipating the Impact of DADT Repeal on US Troops

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Don't ask, don't tell" has been repealed by the Senate, and now waits for an official certification and plan from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chair Adm. Mike Mullen, and the commander-in-chief, President Obama. But how will this new policy be implemented in the military? We check in with retired Col. David F. Bedey, who opposed the repeal, about how the change in policy will play out with U.S. troops.

Guests:

Ret. Col. David F. Bedey

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [1]

Galen Humphrey from South Carolina

Dad, an Iwo Jima Marine, would not address the issue of "Gays" in the Marines. He just said, when it came down to needing men to fight the Japanese (or the Germans), we needed them, I would not want our men to avoid our nation's need for them, by claiming homosexuality.

Above and beyond that, having been around Marines all of my life...I am surprised at Marine Leadership's apparent homophobia...I have always believed the Marine claim, as THE FIRST and the toughest; those who can handle anything...for example that blood bath called Iwo Jima and other terrible battles. NOW Leadership is claiming, perhaps, they cannot handle that SOME of their recruits are known to be homosexual.
That makes me question their ability to handle people, situations in general, and their ability to LEAD. It worries me.
How tough are you Marine? It doesn't mean you can whip up on gays...it means you can accomplish your mission of keeping the peace regardless of race, gender, nationality, age, orientation...BECAUSE you are well trained and damn tough PSYCHOLOGICALLY. Toughen up, Marine Leadership.

Dec. 20 2010 09:42 AM

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