Monday, November 22, 2010

Marines would comply fully with DADT repeal

From CNN:

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps will fully cooperate with a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Mullen said there was "no question" that Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, an opponent of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy at this time, would implement all necessary changes to allow openly gay Marines to serve if Congress passes a repeal measure.

"He basically said that if this law changes, we are going to implement it, and we are going to implement it better than anybody else," Mullen said of comments Amos recently made at a townhall-style meeting with Marines.

I'm sure conservatives will still make their bigoted case for DADT, however, and that John McCain, who keeps finding new reasons to keep the policy in place, basically by putting new hurdles in place, flipping and flopping and moving the goalposts, will argue that even this isn't enough -- because nothing is ever enough.

Remember this the next time a Republican, McCain or otherwise, waves the flag and claims to be oh-so-pro-military.

It's not just that Republicans are trying to keep in place a bigoted policy that weakens the military, it's that they're completely full of shit in doing so.

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  • So, the fact that the US Marine Corps will comply with what the civil government orders is "news".

    What exactly does that say about our current state of affairs?

    By Anonymous Jack, at 11:06 AM  

  • It says, among other things, that the U.S. is far more militarized than most people think.

    Regardless, the point is that the military, even some of its most conservative elements, are prepared for the repeal of DADT. And that the argument of Republicans that the repeal would hurt the military is simply without merit.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 3:04 PM  

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