President Obama is making good on a campaign promise to end "don't ask, don't tell" which discriminates against gays and lesbians in the US military. Supporting his position are Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. General Colin Powell also endorses this long-overdue change.
Of course, in 2006, hypocrite John McCain said he would support ending the military's “don't ask, don't tell" policy if “the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change this policy.'" Well, that's exactly what has happened. But now he's suddenly on the other side. Big surprise.
There are many countries which welcome gays and lesbians in the military. Countries like Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Canada, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel and Brazil.
Countries that still discriminate include Cuba, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Iran. Are they who we want to emulate?