Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Annotation Bibiliography #3

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and Don't Leave!"
printed in the South Florida Sun (newspaper) on March 27, 2007, author Clarence Page.

The author of this article quotes the Pentagon Marine General Peter Pace, and his discriminatory words about gay people serving in the military. He was quoted to have regretted stating his personal opinion, but he never fully apologized. The article makes it clear that the General's words, ironically, may have done the most to have the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy repealed in the near future, if at all. In this article, the author also explains through quotes from spokesman Steven Ralls among others, that this anti-gay policy has run its course, saying that 9-11 has changed the attitude in the military about openly declared gays, perhaps creating more tolerance for them, as a lot of them (who were kicked out in earlier years when the policy had just been introduced) were already phoning in, asking whether it were possible for them to re-enlist and be a part of the response to the attacks of 9-11.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation Bibiliography #2

Morality and the Military
from the McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)

In this article, Marine General Peter Pace created an apparent ruckus, being the top general in the pentagon, when he gave his opinion about lifting the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He stated that to do so would condone "immoral behavior", and that he in no way would support a policy that is immoral. The former general who had held Pace's office before him said that the time to lift the ban may finally be upon us, but others clearly see differently. In the article, there are prices shown that the military has been forced to pay to uphold the policy. The article states how pointless and nonsensical it seems to spend so much money during wartime, when precious resources are needed for all manner of reasons, for such a trivial reason.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotation Bibiliography #1

SIRS, "New Scrutiny of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy"
by Gordon Lubold

The policy, created in 1993, which keeps openly declared homosexuals from serving in the army, is coming under new scrutiny in Washington. A move has begun to lift this ban, but the article says that a change is unlikely to occur anytime soon, given the political explosiveness of the issue. Representatives believe that it will be an uphill climb for their argument against the policy. In the article, it gives statistics on how many military personnel have been discharged or voluntarily left because of this ridiculous ban. It even states how comfortable 73% of the current military is with homosexuals in the army. The general jist of the article is that the support for lifting this ban is gaining as time goes by, and that hopefully there should be a change in the near future.