BY KRAMER STUVLAND
The New York Times posted an article recently not necessarily related to environmental policy, but nevertheless related to a controversial US Policy—the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. For those unfamiliar, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a military policy, ratified by congress, regarding US soldiers sexual orientation. Essentially, openly gay or lesbian citizens are not allowed to serve in the military and those that hide or deny their sexual orientation may serve as long as it doesn’t become a “distraction”. This New York Times article discusses Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairmen of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff’s open discussion and argument to congress suggesting congress recall or rethink their current stance on the issue. In his words, “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” I cannot help but feel he has a very valid point in this argument, especially given the current condition of oversea struggles. However, Adm. Mullen’s words are not met without criticism. Senator John McCain has spoken out against Mullen saying he is “deeply disappointed,” and that Adm. Mullen’s words were “clearly biased.” Undoubtedly this will be a controversial debate. What are the your thoughts on the subject? What are the pros and cons?