Did retired Lt. Col. Oliver North really just say that a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell could mean a return to the draft? Yes, in an appearance today on Fox News' Happening Now, North said DADT repeal could mean a loss of 30 percent of military personnel, and that an all-volunteer force could not survive such a loss.
Really? Even as the military's own extensive study of the repeal indicated some 70% of the military was completely okay with it there Ollie?
There's no doubt. In all of my trips overseas, Briana and Jenna, and everyone else out there, in now almost two years of covering this war for Fox News on the ground with U.S. units, I have never - there's very few always and nevers in life -- I have never talked to a staff noncommissioned officer or a mid-grade officer with combat experience who believes this is a good thing to do. And if we're relying on the fact that 30 percent have already expressed their concern about this, don't leave the military and get replaced, then we've got a problem because you can't live with an all-volunteer force that loses 30 percent of the best-educated, trained, led, militarily equipped and combat-experienced force the world ever has known. It could be very, very dangerous in the long-term.
Yes, he's saying that the 30% of the military that isn't okay with DADT (which is true) but that the notion that will leave and that we can no longer have an all-volunteer military because of that is ridiculous enough to be insulting to our troops. They are better people than that. He's saying every single one of them will leave because a gay or lesbian person might give them cooties, and that's something that the most highly-trained, most lavishly-equipped, most intesively-trained military in the history of Earth cannot handle.
To recap, multiple tours of duty serving your country in a war zone is something our men and women in uniform can handle. Gay cooties on the other hand will completely destroy our armed forces.
That is such a massive insult to the integrity of the people who serve in our military that North should be completely ashamed of himself.
No surprise then this idiocy is on FOX, the Channel Of No Shame.