Today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs – Admiral Mike Mullen (a Bush appointee), came out unambiguously in Senate hearings in favor of repealing the Clinton-era policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, governing our country’s policy on gay men and women serving in the armed forces.
Then there was Senator McCain’s response.
Honestly, you want a definition of political hack, opportunist, windsock – look no further than Abe Simpson John McCain:
McCain, Hardball, October 2006:
We have to have the most effective and professional military we can possibly obtain. I listen to people like General Colin Powell, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and literally every military leader that I know. And they testified before congress that they felt the DADT policy was the most appropriate way to conduct ourselves in the military….I understand the opposition to it, and I’ve had these debates, the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says “Senator, I think we ought to change the policy,” then I think we ought to consider changing it.
Our men and women in uniform are fighting two wars, guarding the frontlines against a global terrorist enemy, serving and sacrificing on battlefields far from home, and working to rebuild and reform the force after more than eight years of conflict. At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
At what point do we just stop listening to this old hack?