Good News: Wingnuts Want Some Troops To Come Home!
I heard Elaine Donnelly speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference a few years ago; she was a loon then and she's a loon now — so I guess it's not overly surprising that her mania about gays might just lead to a troop reduction in Iraq:
Dump 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Obey Law, Says Military Group
By Fred Lucas
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
October 08, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - The "don't ask, don't tell" policy is not a law but a federal rule that the president could rescind, which would automatically make it illegal for homosexuals to serve in the military, according to the Center for Military Readiness.
Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation to bypass existing rules and allow homosexuals to openly serve - an idea that some Democratic presidential candidates support, which could stir public debate as the 2008 campaign moves forward.
The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was never approved by Congress. It was an administrative order issued by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Later that year, the Democrat-controlled Congress rejected the policy and passed a law codifying into law a Department of Defense regulation that said "homosexuality is incompatible with military service."
The compromise in this bill was to allow Clinton's policy about not asking or telling to stand, unless the secretary of defense determines the question should be reinstated.
At a conference last Thursday, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), said that the law should be kept in place and Clinton's administrative order repealed.
The law passed by Congress in 1993 is called "Section 654, Title 10." But Donnelly thinks it should be called the "Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993."
"The title is appropriate because the law makes it clear that homosexuals are one of many groups of people who are not eligible for service in the armed forces," Donnelly said at the CMR's Twelfth Annual Celebration, held in Washington, D.C.
She said a public education campaign is needed, because most people think "don't ask, don't tell" is a law, rather than an administrative regulation. All it would take is for the Bush administration to drop the rule, and Congress' ban on homosexuals in the military would stand, she said.
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By the way, CNSNews is, of course, just another rightwing hack job. It used to stand for "Christian News Service," but when they saw no one was taking them seriously, they changed the acronym to "Cybercast News Service" — but it's still run by the same bozos ... notably, L. Brent "Bozo" Bozell's group, Media Research Center.