McCain changes his excuses on DADT

Posted on 03 Feb 2010 at 7:07am
Sen. John McCain changed his tune
Sen. John McCain changed his tune

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before Congress yesterday about Don’t ask, don’t tell. He said:

“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 personally, it comes down to integrity — theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified,

“The question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we best prepare for it. We have received our orders from the commander in chief, and we are moving out accordingly.”

And John McCain said,

“I honor their sacrifice, and I honor them.”

But not enough to allow them to serve openly, even though in 2006, McCain said,

“The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.”

Because after hearing the leaders of the military tell Congress to drop the policy, McCain now says,

“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.”

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