Pentagon: 70% Troops Don't Care If DADT Repealed. John McCain, Are You Listening?
The long-awaited Pentagon report/survey on the consequences of repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban is due out tomorrow--an important document that many centrist or moderate Senators have vowed to read before deciding about a repeal.
While it's long been an open secret that the report will show a majority of troops unfazed by the possibility of serving alongside openly gay servicemembers, its details have now been made available to the Washington Post by several sources. Among their conclusions:
- 70% of servicemembers thought the results of a repeal would be positive, mixed or nonexistent. This number was lower for the Marine Corps.
- The survey's authors also believed that once the ban was repealed, even more of the objections would drop as members got used to the new normal.
- The report did not anticipate a massive "coming out" of troops (nope, presumably just an ability for gay troops to breathe easier and not take pains to conceal their personal lives).
- In the report's section on enforcing the ban, the recommendation was to deal with individual objections to the repeal (i.e. I don't want to bunk with a gay soldier) individually, and not to treat gay servicemembers as a "special" class.
On the whole, according to WaPo's evidence, the report is a solid slate of evidence for those in favor of the repeal, with individual pockets of difficulty that will doubtless be seized upon to stall the repeal's passage.
Meanwhile, Liz Goodwin at Yahoo! is already anticipating the (rather pathetic, in our opinion) strategy Republican opponents of the repeal, John McCain among them, are going to take to "debunk" this extremely extensive report: "who are these 70%, anyway?"
Read the full story at theWashington Post.