Ron Paul: change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' — sort of
However it’s not too clear what the GOP presidential contender wants to do about the policy, which prevents gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military. He appeared at a Q&A Google forum and was asked about what he would do about DADT if elected. (The Frontlines):
Paul pointed to the recent dismissals of lesbian and gay Arabic linguists as evidence that the policy needs, at the least, a revision. Speaking about one of those discharges, Paul said that “He was kicked out, for no real good reason at all, and I would, I would want to change that, I don?t support that interpretation.”
Paul’s remarks are a welcome step in the right direction for the GOP, but still leave some big questions to be answered. Does the Congressman believe it’s time to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” In re-iterating his views on “disruptive” behavior, is he suggesting that military rules & regulations be applied without regard to sexual orientation? And in that case, would he support open service? Or is the Congressman advocating a different change altogether?
Who knows? It sounds like he wants to make sure that he doesn’t lose some of the base of the party in answering this way, but given there’s so much support for repeal, he doesn’t have much to lose. After all, the rest of the GOP clown car thinks DADT is A-OK.
Read more about Paul’s cloudy shift at Fitness for the Occasion.