This week is a big week in the effort to finally end DADT on Tuesday. The Pentagon will release its DADT study and the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings about the report on Thursday and Friday. Two members of that committee, John McCain and his BFF, Lindsey Graham, were on the talk shows this morning trashing the efforts to end DADT. McCain’s opposition to ending DADT is based on pure homophobia. Lindsey’s support of DADT is probably based on internalized homophobia.
Via Roll Call, here’s what McCain said:
“There was no uprising in the military. There were no problems in the military with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ … It’s called ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ OK? If you don’t ask them, you don’t ask somebody, and they don’t tell.”
“The fact is, this was a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency of the United States,” he said. “The military is at its highest point in recruitment and retention and professionalism and capability, so to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false.”
McCain is just completely out-of-touch with reality.
But, damned if Lindsey didn’t say almost the same thing:
“This is a political promise made by Sen. Obama when he was running for president. There is no groundswell of opposition to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ coming from our military. This is all politics,” Graham said.
So, the GOPers have their anti-repeal talking points down. It’s just politics.
We can only wish that Obama was as adamant about keeping the promise to end DADT as McCain and Graham claim.
Graham seems to think Republicans will march in lock-step (like they usually do):
“I don’t believe there’s anywhere near the votes to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ on the Republican side,” Graham said. “I think we’ll be united in the lame duck. And the study I would be looking for is asking military members should it be repealed, not how to implement it once you, as a politician, decide to repeal it. So I think in a lame-duck setting, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is not going anywhere.”
The need for a new study is BS — and Lindsey knows it.
Does Susan Collins agree with Lindsey? She’s going to be a key player in the effort to pass the Defense bill, which includes the DADT language. If Republicans are, in fact, “united in the lame duck,” we’re in trouble.