Esprit Decor: Queer Eye for the Military Guy

Dana Milbank’s describes congressional testimony on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Those testifying on behalf of the ban didn’t help their case (read the story). Retired Army Sgt. Major Brian Jones: “‘In the military environment, team cohesion, morale and esprit de corps is a matter of life and death,’ he said. His written statement spelled it ‘esprit decor.'” Paging Dr. Freud, and all that.

3 responses to “Esprit Decor: Queer Eye for the Military Guy”

  1. Miss Havisham's Tea Party


  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    That’s my new word for the day, Miss Havisham:

    “A minor error, such as a slip of the tongue, thought to reveal a repressed motive.”

  3. Q_Mech

    The whole thing is ridiculous, since the military never imposed “don’t ask, don’t tell”. That policy was put in place by the US Congress, and the military obeys it as required by the Constitution. If you don’t like the policy, making fun of the military only serves to show a fundamental ignorance of the most basic aspects of US government. If you want to change the policy, contact your senator and representative about it and watch the waffling begin.

    This is a very similar issue to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where your average person – spurred on by Congressmen themselves – believe that George Bush is to blame for its existence. Truth is, the Supreme Court ruled out trial by military tribunal for the detainees years ago and they’ve been stuck in limbo ever since. Trying them in a US civil court is out of the question, simply because US law has no jurisdiction for someone captured on a battlefield in Afghanistan or elsewhere. The fix is for Congress to come up with an applicable law. They feel no need to do so, however, since they can sit back, let your generally ignorant American public believe their rhetoric that Bush is to blame, and soak up money and power at the polls.

    Believe it or not, I’m not trying to support Bush – but we should give credit where credit is due. “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, Guantanamo Bay, and other issues such as war – which can only be approved by Congress – would benefit from discussion by an American public that actually holds some basic understanding of how our government works. Simple-minded nonsense like the article quoted here only serves to encourage ignorance.