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  •  Amen to that (2+ / 0-)
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    jplanner, Quicklund

    If Hagel is who he wants, I support him.  However, I hope he will express some contrition in the hearings for the anti-gay thing.  

    •  i do too. The sentiment though seems pretty usual (1+ / 0-)
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      for the time he said it. I would like to hear if he has evolved on that sentiment and if he can show contrition for saying it about that ambassedor must have personally stung. He never apologised to the guy until recently and the man did not accept his apology.

      Yet,  think we forget how far and how fast the country/people have moved on Gay rights. Don't ask Don't tell seems so horrific yet it was passed under Clinton and it seemed fine and fair at the time to many people, even Democrats. Basically if we think about it D ask D tell basically is "ick who you are is abnormal...we dont want to see it but will ignore it if it's not in our face". Basically what Hagel said was a don't ask don't tell viewpoint--he said the candidate was too openly Gay and implied it wasn't a good representation of the US abroad..., said around the same time period as don't ask don't tell was instituted

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