It's got absolutely nothing to do with policing.
I was the first critic of "don't ask, don't tell." It was 1993, and I was home on break from college. My father, Charles Moskos, and I were watching TV and drinking ouzo.Read the whole thing here.
My father ... came up with the concept and coined the phrase ["don't ask don't tell"]. He had lots of crazy ideas. But this one, I declared, was "the stupidest idea you've ever come up with."
A few months later ... "don't ask, don't tell" was the law of the land.
Today ... I am convinced that my father would support the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
Of course I can't be 100% certain that my father would support repeal... but with 100% certainty I do know he would have loved that I got a Washington Post op-ed out of this!