Eye Opener: Should Army secretary report gay troops?
Happy Thursday! Army Secretary John M. McHugh has decided to effectively ignore the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy by not pursuing discharges of soldiers who recently told him they are gay.
"What I'm trying to do is show the troops that, yes, it's okay to talk about this," McHugh told reporters on Wednesday. "I just felt it would be counterproductive ... to take disciplinary action against someone who spoke openly and honestly."
As colleague Craig Whitlock reports today, McHugh has reasoned that if he hadn't asked, they wouldn't have told.
The secretary also said that the Pentagon won't discipline a three-star who urged members of the military and their families to lobby Congress for a repeal of the policy. The general admits his comments were "inappropriate" and thus won't receive a letter of reprimand. This as a former Marine general apologized this week for criticizing the Dutch military for its inclusion of gay troops.
Should McHugh pursue discharges against the troops he heard from? Is he setting a bad precedent by not doing so, or just acknowledging the inevitable?
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