Gaffney fearmongers that repealing DADT could lead to reinstating the draft

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In a November 23 Washington Times op-ed, Frank Gaffney wrote that repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law could lead to reinstatement of the draft. Gaffney stated: "If tens of thousands choose not to submit [to the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] and 'vote with their feet,' as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, has called on them to do, it may become impossible to rely only on volunteers to staff our military." Gaffney continued: "In that case, a vote for repeal of the 1993 law barring homosexuals from the military amounts to a vote for reinstating the draft."

Gaffney further equated the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" with TSA's security procedures, stating: "Being forced to submit to a privacy-rending body scan or pat-down - unpleasant as it may be - is not likely to compare to the trauma that can flow from being forced to submit to showering or sharing a bunkroom with someone who finds you sexually attractive."

From Gaffney's op-ed:

Team Obama's line is that "most" in uniform think there will be no problem, or at least "mixed" good and bad repercussions. But if even an estimated 10 percent choose to leave the service - let alone 40 percent of Marines, who, according to the leakers, think repeal will cause problems - the effect will be traumatic, possibly devastating, for the U.S. armed forces. If tens of thousands choose not to submit and "vote with their feet," as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, has called on them to do, it may become impossible to rely only on volunteers to staff our military.

In that case, a vote for repeal of the 1993 law barring homosexuals from the military amounts to a vote for reinstating the draft.

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