In an interview Monday (3/12/07) with the Chicago Tribune, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (which has been in place since it was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994).
In response, General Pace said two things:
First he said that he supports don’t ask don’t tell because it allows gays to serve in the military and does not make “a judgment about individual acts.”
But General Pace wasn’t finished! Like most people, he has a personal opinion about homosexuality and like most evangelical Christians he just couldn’t keep his personal opinion about homosexuality to himself; so he continued by saying:
“I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe that the armed forces of the United States are well served by saying through our policies that it’s OK to be immoral in any way.”
So apparently as Peter Pace, the individual, he does NOT support “don’t ask, don’t tell” because he believes it condones “immoral” acts; but as GENERAL Peter Pace he does support it because he doesn’t have a choice — it’s his job to support ALL military policies without regard to his personal feelings.
Well that’s OK! Everyone is entitled to a personal opinion; BUT when you are the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and you are being interviewed by a major newspaper it would make a lot of sense to keep your personal opinions on matters of policy to yourself. If you can that is; but apparently Gen. Pace has problems exercising that much control over his mouth!
General Pace has unwittingly provided us with an excellent example of the problems that are caused when a person allows his personal and/or religion-based views to overrule common sense. One is left to wonder how well a person with that character flaw can perform effectively in a job that is as important as his job is.
In General Pace’s defense you might say that this faux pas was just a slip, and write it off as just that. That’s certainly one way to look at it but also consider, if you will, that it might be more of a compulsion than a slip, a compulsion that could just as easily have manifested itself in actions rather than just in words — a dangerous thought when the subject is the senior military officer in the United States.
London Times Online: US general says gays ‘immoral’
Forbes.com: No Apology From Gen. Pace for Gay Stance
What bloggers are saying (Pro and Con):
Pro: Conservative Culture: Top General Tells It Straight
Con: Hidden Unities: Thank You General Pace . . .