Gays in the military: Don't ask, don't tell, lie (WashingtonTimes)
The honor code at the U.S. military academies states proudly that cadets "won't lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." Their commanders and political leaders must be exempt, because official U.S. policy is to tolerate a lie.
"Don't ask, don't tell" has been incorrectly characterized as a speech issue: It's okay for gays to serve in the military, just not to do so openly. That's not true. DADT is a kluge concocted in the Clinton White House as a way to ignore the law. It's illegal for gays and lesbians to serve in the military, just as it was before DADT. All that DADT did was to make it policy not to ask servicemen and women about their sexual orientation and to let them know that, so long as they didn't make their same-sex orientation known, they wouldn't be discharged from military service as the law requires.
If a serviceman's superiors discover that he's gay, they still have an obligation to initiate discharge proceedings. The major difference between DADT and the status quo ante is that they can't seek out that information; it has to come to them. It's the serviceman's problem to see that it does not.
Complete article at The Washington Time : http://bit.ly/hM6QGb