Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Huckabee: Bring Back DADT

Once-and-future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wants to bring back Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

“I would — because that’s really what the military wants,” says Huckabee. “There’s been some talk that the military is fine with having same-sex orientation people. But if you really surveyed the combat troops, that is not at all the case.”

According to Huckabee, currently a political analyst for Fox News, politicians should back out of the picture. “…I don’t think that these are decisions that politicians should make. These are decisions that soldiers should make,” he says emphatically. “And when the soldiers in the foxholes make the decisions, they choose something different — and we should listen to them.”

I don’t have first-hand experience with the military, but it’s my understanding that it is not run on a democratic basis. Soldiers are issued orders, they follow them, and that’s it. By the way, the Pentagon did do a survey on DADT just to mollify the politicians and found that the majority of them have no problem serving with openly gay or lesbian soldiers.

Just because Mr. Huckabee doesn’t like the results of the survey doesn’t mean that the survey is wrong; he is.