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Army General Won't Be Punished for Fighting Repeal of 'DADT'

Hawaii-based three-star Lt. General Benjamin Mixon won't be punished for a letter he wrote to the Stars and Stripes newspaper urging service members to contact congressmen and their chain of command and fight against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the AP reports:

Mixon"Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon's civilian boss says the three-star Army general won't receive a letter of reprimmand or be forced to step down. Army Secretary John McHugh told reporters Wednesday that Mixon has been told that what he did was inappropriate. McHugh says he considers the matter to be closed. Mixon is head of Army forces in the Pacific theater. He had urged troops to 'speak up' and urge political leaders not to repeal the ban."

Said Mixon in the letter: “It is often stated that most service members are in favor of repealing the policy. I do not believe that is accurate. I suspect many service members, their families, veterans and citizens are wondering what to do to stop this ill-advised repeal of a policy that has achieved a balance between a citizen’s desire to serve and acceptable conduct...Now is the time to write your elected officials and chain of command and express your views. If those of us who are in favor of retaining the current policy do not speak up, there is no chance to retain the current policy."

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  1. Wrong on so many levels. The general should be discharged immediately. I dare say the top brass wouldn’t look the other way if his rant had been against “coloreds” serving in the ranks...

    Posted by: ichabod | Mar 31, 2010 10:56:36 AM

  2. It appears there's a Tea Party-like mentality becoming public in certain parts of our armed forces thus creating a backlash toward the civilian overseers. Is the Obama administration just going to let these homophobic discontents get away with it?

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 31, 2010 11:20:18 AM

  3. After Secretary of DEFENSE OF DADT Gates and CJCS ADM Mullen publicly castigated Mixon [and revealed that there actually was something like a script of acceptable talking points about repeal that he'd gone off of], I was certain he would be their sacrificial jerk er lamb to further distract from the fact matter what the SAY...they don't really want DADT repealed either. Anyone who doesn't get that The Study is but their side door strategy to slow walk repeal to death is a fool.

    But the otherwise unbelievable fact that Mixon won't even get a letter or reprimand which is the kind of serious business in the military that can mean you'll never get another promotion proves that it's not just Obama the homohating dinosaurs in the Pentagon's Jurassic Park have in their clutches, but even Gates and Mullen.

    Somewhere behind the walls of that giant pentagonal building the inmates are running the asylum.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Mar 31, 2010 11:53:12 AM

  4. Probably for the best. If he were punished, it would be very easy to dismiss pro-repeal opinions of top brass as coerced on pain of firing.

    Posted by: Pender | Mar 31, 2010 11:53:37 AM

  5. So disheartening. By not punishing him it sends the message that his behavior is acceptable - and by extention his words. This man works for the American people and it's President and his job is to follow orders and shut the hell up. Admiral Mullen said it best last week that if any service member has a problem with the new approach to DADT they can "vote with their feet". Alas, I guess his words were just that.

    Posted by: Mainman | Mar 31, 2010 12:06:45 PM

  6. As an O-4 in the Navy, had I written the same letter to Stars and Stripes, urging MY sailors to write their congressperson and chain of command to "express their views" which of course is code for "what I tell you to say" I don't doubt that I would have been given a letter of reprimand and dismissed from service. Just goes to show yet again, the truth of fierce advocacy.

    Posted by: Duck | Mar 31, 2010 6:17:29 PM

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