As the senate looks to-possibly-vote on a repeal of Don’t ask don’t tell it seems a new “Gang of Four” Republicans are poised to side with Senate Democrats and vote for a repeal of DADT!
Notable among them is Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts the one time golden boy of the tea partier and hero to conservatives everywhere for claiming the “Kennedy chair” for the American people!
Here is Scott Brown in his own words…
“I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter privately with Defense Secretary Gates and others, I accept the findings of the report and support repeal based on the Secretary’s recommendations that repeal will be implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed.”
Another of this new gang is Rhino-Republican Olympia Snowe– according to Politico -Snowe’s spokesman John Gentzel has said that the Senator from Maine will vote for repeal after the Omnibus spending bill is resolved. Well with that out of the way for now it looks like the Dems will move forward on seeking to repeal DADT so one would guess Ms. Snowe will get her chance to vote for repeal.
Along with Brown and Snowe,it also appears as though,Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are prepared to jump ship and go along with Harry Reid in passing this pet project of the Democratic party.
It is my opinion that what people do in their own private time is their own business. However I don’t like the idea of social engineering our military. Every one seems to have an opinion on homosexuals serving in the military,but,it seems that the opinion of the single most important group in this debate-those serving in combat brigades-is being ignored. Here is what the Commandant of the Marine Corps had to say about repealing DADT…
“When your life hangs on the line,” said Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, “you don’t want anything distracting. . . . Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines’ lives.”
or consider this quote from a recent DOD report on DADT…
and in Army combat arms said they believed there would be a negative impact on their unit’s
effectiveness in this context; among Marine combat arms the number was 67%.”
this quote was found in section 6 page 74 of the report under the heading Army, Marine Corps, and Combat Arms.
Bottom line here is that homosexuals already are serving in the military,but,if the guys who are doing the fighting don’t like it I think it behooves us to respect their opinion and reject this repeal!!
Cross posted at Today’s Politics by Freedomlover