Wednesday, May 26, 2010

John McCain and Lt. Dan Choi Respond to Proposed Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal

     In response to the Murphy Amendment that would put Don't Ask, Don't Tell on the track to repeal, Senator John, the Baptist, McCain had this to say (via The Hill):
     "This 'Don't ask, don't tell' issue, they're going to try to jam that through without even trying to figure out what the impact on battle effectiveness would be," McCain said on Arizona's KBLU radio.
     McCain is a liar.  The discriminatory policy won't be abolished until after an investigation into the policy's impact.  In the meanwhile, McCain should be happy to know that outed gays and lesbians will continue to be thrown out of the military.  The Hill continues:
     The White House announced a deal Monday night with Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) that would abolish the policy once President Barack Obama and his top civilian and military officials certify the repeal is "consistent with the military’s standards of readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruitment and retention."  The deal would allow Obama to move forward with his promise to do away with "Don't ask, don't tell" while still bowing toward concerns from centrists in Congress and some members of his administration that repealing the policy would negatively impact the military.
     When over 75% of the American public supports the repeal of DADT, how are the concerns to keep the discriminatory policy in place "centrist"?

     Here is Lt. Dan Choi's response to the Murphy/Obama amendment that will vote on repealing DADT somewhere down the road.  Choi's response is "When?"  When will LGBT persons have equality in the military?  Choi is in the over 75% that want DADT repealed.