"Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell", by C Dixon Osburn, SLDN

Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, is a complete narrative, authored and self-published by C. Dixon Osburn, an attorney who helped create SLDN Servicemembers Legal Defense Network shortly after president Bill Clinton tried to implement “don’t ask don’t tell don’t pursue” in 1993.

The other cofounder was Michelle Benecke, otherwise on a track to have the Army pay for her law school.

The book is largely a detailed narrative in the style of Randy Shilts (“Conduct Unbecoming”, 1993), covering the political wranglings as well as specious reinterpretation by field commanders to do what they wanted according to existing patriarchal personal values. Osburn uses his own name as his brand or trademark, an idea that I expect to invoke next year.

So I’d like to cover the intersection with my own books and life.

On Dev 10 2010 I attended the event at the Capitol where Lieberman’s separate repeal, outside NDAA, and as I arrived I received a call about my mother’s sudden fatal turn.  I don’t recall that the filibuster could have stopped its passage in the following lame duck days.

The heart of the antigay argument was summarized as “unit cohesion” (legacy HBO film) or, as Nunn put it, soldiers have no privacy.  I encountered the same thing in 1961 on the WM dorm.  Young men might fear being scoped and losing their own edge on joining a patriarchal society as future dads.  Osburn paints society post Stonewall and as dealing with HIV as more hostile than what I experienced, where I could easily play double life  which the Internet would destroy.  A big concern is the effect on civilians, who had already dealt with conscription.  I have my own strange history.  The draft physicals had stopped asking in 1966. Over time, young adults signaled that they were not as easily distracted as feared, and arguments grew more identarian, even intersectional.

Osburn notes tension between SLDN and HRC on policy priorities and even with Belkin’s Palm Center, which I visited in 2002.

This issue is separate from Trump’s transgender ban.

ISBN 978-7374824-1-3 paper  ebook 43 chapters.