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  •  Don't ask, don't tell...don't hurry (4+ / 0-)

    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified today that:

    "I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals and ours as an institution."

    For starters, Mike, it's not all about you. We don't really care about you being "troubled"; the issue is equality before the law for a large group of people.

    But that "being forced to lie" and not being able to have "integrity"? Apparently it's not that big a deal:

    The comments...set the stage for the Defense Department's yearlong study into how the ban can be repealed without causing a major upheaval in the military.

    A yearlong study! You know, we're not talking about having to convert men's barracks into co-ed barracks or something complicated. We're actually talking about people who are already in the military and just stopping kicking them out! Does that really require more than one minute's study, much less one year?

    I'll be interested to hear if any of the Senators quizzing Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked the obvious question - if you and your boss (Obama) are so committed to this, why doesn't Obama just suspend this policy today?


    Reprinted from Left I on the News

    Eli Stephens
    Left I on the News
    "March 20: Get off the computer and into the streets!"

    by elishastephens on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 01:04:59 PM PST

    •  He can't do that. Read the f**king Constitution! (0+ / 0-)

      God has no religion. - Gandhi

      by OIL GUY on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 01:19:10 PM PST

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    •  That's just stupid. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mullin's statement was big news. The fact that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs declared publicly that he was personally opposed to DADT and willing to place his credibility on the line is terrific.

      Do you have any idea of what's involved with implementing the repeal? I support this study 100%!

      I WANT the Pentagon to properly plan the implementation. They blew it in 1993 when they implemented DADT. I absolutely don't want them to make the same mistake. There are new regs to write, and implementation plan to formulate, and training for Officers, NCOs and enlisted to create.

      Hell, yeah, plan the implementation the right way. Even if we get the repeal in the Defense Spending Bill, it probably won't go into effect until next year anyway.

      What's everyone's fucking problem?

      "Jane, you ignorant slut." --Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live

      by homogenius on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 02:57:26 PM PST

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