On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host and his guests discussed whether repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is the best path forward for the military, gays and the country. Matthews posed a question to his conservative guest from the Family Research Council, Peter Spriggs. But what’s the answer?
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Matthews asked if Spriggs acknowledged there are “sizable” and “significant” numbers of gays serving in the military. Spriggs responded, “I don’t know how sizable or significant the numbers are …”
Matthews seized on the admission and interrupted his guest, “You don’t? I thought you were an expert in this field? No, you’re on television talking about an area I thought you knew something about. You don’t know about what you’re talking about?”
As his guest tried to point out, the question is impossible to answer, whatever one’s position on the topic. The name Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell itself indicates that accurate numbers on this subject would be impossible to obtain.