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Gays in The Military

Oh, one other thing: Sullivan mentioned Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. This may put me in the minority here, but back in 1993 I never found the argument against open gays’ serving in the military very convincing, especially given the British experience. (I thought it was telling that Colin Powell objected to the idea while doing nothing to fight policies regarding women that do far more damage to military effectiveness.) I haven’t found it more convincing since. Isn’t it time we switched to a “don’t ask, don’t care” policy? And if there were a political push for it comparable to the 1993 campaign, wouldn’t it be likely to succeed this time?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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