Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, Commander US Army Pacific is vying for the 2010 Singlaub Award for borderline mutiny. In a March 8 letter to Stars and Stripes, the armed forces daily newspaper, Mixon said President Barack Obama's call for repeal of the "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" law is "ill-advised." He urged troops, military families and veterans who share his sentiments to "write your elected officials and chain of command and express your views."
Of course, since the bulk of the population haven't a clue as to how dead wrong such behavior is, there is not much more that his superiors can do than chastise him, as Adm Mullins did. More appropriate action would only result in a firestorm from the radical right that would only make the President's job even more difficult.
I have no opinion on the issue of the repeal, as I have no first hand knowledge of the current sociological state of the military. I do, however, have an opinion of the general's actions, and he needs to find another line of work. I wonder how LTG Mixon would have handled a captain back in 2004 who took a similar step in expressing his opinion that we should have pulled out of Iraq immediately?