General James F. Amos, who is President Obama’s nomination to become as commandant of the Marine Corps testified AGAINST repealing DADT in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee today. (So much for fierce advocacy there Barack.)
“President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Marine Corps told the Senate Tuesday that Congress should not repeal the law barring gays from serving openly in the military, dealing a blow to gay rights advocates just hours before a crucial test vote…. Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee he worried that a shake up in personnel policy would serve as a ‘distraction’ to Marines fighting in Afghanistan. ‘My primary concern with proposed repeal is the potential disruption to cohesion that may be caused by significant change during a period of extended combat operations,’ he said in a written statement provided to the panel for his confirmation hearing. During one exchange with Sen. Pete Sessions, R-Ala., Amos said he would implement any changes in the law on gay service made by Congress. He said the Marine Corps would rely on discipline and leadership to ensure order, but that he didn’t envision a gag order on troops who disagreed with revoking the ban. Some Republicans have suggested they fear troops who openly oppose gay service would be punished for speaking out. ‘I don’t see this as a racist issue,’ Amos said. ‘I see this as an anxious issue … because we don’t have the answers yet.'”
There should be no answers because there should have been no questions to start off with.. DADT is just wrong.
What utter bullshit this all is.
ONLY in America does someone have to fight for the right to protect theirr country.
UPDATE: Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she’ll vote against a bill that would allow gays to serve openly in the military unless Democrats agree to extend debate so that her colleagues can weigh in on other issues.
Collins’ position is likely the last nail in the coffin for the Democratic proposal, which would have repealed the 17-year-old law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
A moderate Republican who supports changing the law, Collins was seen as the crucial 60th vote needed to override GOP objections and advance it. The provision was attached to a broader defense bill that authorizes $726 in military spending.
Democrats plan to allow Republicans to offer only one amendment on the bill to address their concern about the gay rights’ provision.
*Maybe it IS time for US to overthrow the Goverment or just get the fuck out of this country.