Mr. Fix-It

by Oliver North

The Obama administration has replaced an old axiom, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” with one of its own: “If it ain’t broke, fix it till it is.” That’s certainly what the O-Team is doing to the U.S. military.
       
While campaigning for the presidency, then-Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly promised to “end discrimination against gays and lesbians” by the U.S. military’s so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Last October, he told supporters at a Human Rights Campaign dinner here in Washington, “I’m working with the Pentagon, its leadership and the members of the House and Senate on ending this policy. … I will end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ That’s my commitment to you.”
       
Of course, it’s not a matter of “policy”; it’s the law — and it’s been on the books since 1993. Section 654 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code clearly states: “The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.” Notably, this language became the law of the land — not just “policy” — while American troops were engaged in Somalia.

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