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John McCain doesn’t trust U.S. Military

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“Don’t ask, don’t tell”, President Clinton’s “compromise” legislation on gays and lesbians serving in the military, is now more than 16 years old.

Since its inception, more than 14,000 men and women have been unfairly legally discharged following discovery/admission/outing of their homosexuality.

(Then again, what possible use could we have for battle-seasoned Arabic Linguists in the armed forces anyway?)

Brilliant.

“The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it,” said John McCain in October 2006.

Wow.  A voice of reason for his party on a controversial subject.  A great display of his (non-) Maverick-tude…  But that was then, and this now…

  • Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, February 2, 2010:  “It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.  No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity, theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”
  • General David Patreus, commander, United States Central Command, March 16, 2010:  “the time has come” to consider repealing the ban on open gay military service.
  • President Barack Obama, Commander in Chief, Armed Forces, January 28, 2010:  “This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.”
  • Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, February 2, 2010:  “I fully support the President’s decision…The question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we must — how we best prepare it — for it.”
  • More than 70% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans support openly gay personnel serving in the military.

Of course, as he clearly stated previously, McCain was prepared to whole-heartedly support the top military brass in their decisions, right?

Wrong.

John McCain’s response to Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates:  “I’m deeply disappointed in your statement…your statement is obvious as one that is clearly biased, without the view of Congress being taken into consideration.”

And later, “In my view…the policy has been working and I think its been working well.”  Wellllll…we are discharging A LOT of those crazy gays, I guess…so in that sense, yes, its working VERY well.

And now, as a sort of compromise-repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” works its way through Congress…its filibuster-time (again) in the Senate!  Courtesy of…John McCain!  Yay!!!

Stay tuned…more temper tantrums ahead.

John McCain:  Maverick…or something.

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Written by D. Heffernan

June 3, 2010 at 1:22 am

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