Photo: Representative Duncan D. HunterNPR interviewed Rep. Duncan D. Hunter — the son of the former Rep. Duncan Hunter who ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2008 — regarding his take on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. NPR described their audio segment Rep. Hunter: Repealing ‘Don’t Ask’ Will Hurt Military this way:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says repealing the law that bans gays from openly serving in the military will hurt the cohesiveness of the armed forces. Duncan, who served in the Marine Corps in both Afghanistan and Iraq, says most people in the military would be uncomfortable if the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy were repealed.

The audio of the interview:

The excerpt I found interesting (emphasis added):

Interviewer: Today we turn to California Congressman Duncan Hunter. He’s a Republican, and a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congressman Hunter, welcome to the program.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: Great to be with you.

Interviewer: You are not in favor of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Why not?

Rep. Duncan Hunter: No, because I think that it’s bad for the cohesiveness and the unity of the military units. And, especially for those in close combat — in close quarters — in country right now. It’s not the time to do it. I think the military is not civilian life. I think the folks who have been in the military, that have been in those very close situations with each other — there has to be a special bond there. I think that bond is broken if you open up the military to transgenders; to hermaphrodites; to gays and lesbians.

Interviewer: Transgenders and hermaphrodites.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: That’s going to be part of this whole thing. It’s not just gays and lesbians, it’s the whole gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community. If you’re going to let anybody in, no matter what preference — what sexual preference — they have, that means the military is going to probably let everybody in. It’s going to be like civilian life. And, I think that would be detrimental for the military.

Well boy howdy! The “transgenders” an “hermaphrodites” are going to be part of the “everybody” who are let into the military! Are you afraid yet of this scary possibility? — A “scary” possibility that really isn’t what repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell addresses at all?

Hmm. Do you don’t think this argument of Rep. Hunter’s against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell might be a straw man argument, do you? Or perhaps an appeal to fear, maybe?

Well, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not going to result in transsexuals — or other transgender people — having the ability to serve openly in the U.S. military. And, perhaps this may be news to Rep. Hunter, but intersex conditions are not a sexual preference; I’m pretty damn sure too that intersex people are already allowed to serve in the military.

Jeebus. Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals would be allowed to serve in the military if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were repealed; transsexuals and other transgender people would still not be allowed to openly serve.

Let’s please stick to the actual issues and actual facts about repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and not make-up straw man and/or appeal to fear arguments, shall we Rep. Hunter?

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen