Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Should Army secretary report gay troops?

Happy Thursday! Army Secretary John M. McHugh has decided to effectively ignore the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell”
policy by not pursuing discharges of soldiers who recently told him they
are gay.

“What I’m trying to do is show the troops that, yes, it’s okay to talk about this,” McHugh told reporters on Wednesday. “I just felt it
would be counterproductive … to take disciplinary action against
someone who spoke openly and honestly.”

As colleague Craig Whitlock reports today, McHugh has reasoned
that if he hadn’t asked, they wouldn’t have told.

The secretary also said that the Pentagon won’t discipline a three-star who urged members of the military and their families to lobby
Congress for a repeal of the policy. The general admits his comments
were “inappropriate
and thus won’t receive a letter of reprimand. This as a former Marine
general apologized
this week
for criticizing the Dutch military for its inclusion of
gay troops.

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