Thursday, February 4, 2010

Military Leaders Don't Want To Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"...Except When They Do

John McCain and a handful of Republican Senators made themselves look terrible yesterday at a Congressional hearing with top-ranking military leaders by expressing resistance to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy that bans openly homosexual servicemen. The 'king' of military brass, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made this statement:

"Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do."

A similar sentiment was expressed by former chairman Colin Powell. I find this entire charade by the GOP amusing because of their past statements deferring the wisdom to military leaders, who they presumably expected to share their bigoted views. Now they have begun tossing around garbage excuses like "we're fighting two wars" and "it's going to be a tough transition process." The time is up, boys, and you lose. It's 2010, and time to eat your words.

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3 comments:

Bill said...

Call me naive, but I don't think (most) Republicans on Capitol Hill are even opposed to repealing DADT.

Here's Orin Hatch on the subject.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz5H6AIN-KY

I think they're going to put up some nominal resistance as a show for their base, which is why their only approach right now is delay tactics. "I'm not sure if now is the right time for this cuz of the wars and everything" or "oh hey we should investigate this issue some more before we do anything"

Who knows, maybe they'll all vote against the repeal, and just let it pass with a simple majority, even though they can threaten filibuster if they actually cared.

ShamRockNRoll said...

Orin Hatch released a statement immediately following that interview where he completely takes back his "openness" to the idea of repealing DADT.

His statement:
Sen. Orrin Hatch says the left-leaning media misconstrued his comments in a TV interview Wednesday that seemed to imply he would be open to repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which requires gay service members to keep their sexual orientations secret.

"I certainly do not support repealing this policy," he said in a statement trying to clarify his views and blasting activist groups for "misconstruing my position."

***
Orin Hatch is, and long has been, a bigoted piece of shit.

Bill said...

Feb 3:

Andrea Mitchell: I'll put you down as at least being open to the idea

Orrin Hatch: I am

Feb 4:
Sen. Orrin Hatch says the left-leaning media misconstrued his comments in a TV interview Wednesday that seemed to imply he would be open to repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which requires gay service members to keep their sexual orientations secret.

lol

yeah, that lousy media. Poor Orrin probably meant to follow that statement with a clever "...NOT!" (a la Wayne's World) but unfortunately NBC decided to cut him off before he could deliver the punchline