The Greatest Story Never Told—Ban on Homosexuals “Serving Openly” in Military Should Not Be Overturned in Wartime, Say Three of Five Service Chiefs
posted at 9:54 am on December 5, 2010 by Rovin
Political rule of thumb: When the NEWS is perceived to be damaging to your agenda, release it on Friday.
Despite the liberal media’s fawning over the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” over the past week, and the “cherry-picked survey” they’ve depended on to drive the conversation, the Senate Armed Services Committee conveniently waited until Friday to depose our TOP GENERALS. Predictably, the Friday news dump, (the day when the fewest amount of the general public are informed), reveals a strong disagreement from top generals on the repeal of DADT:
Washington DC (CNSNews.com) – Given the U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan war, this is not the right time to repeal the law that bans homosexuals from serving in the military, Army, Air Force, and Marine chiefs told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday.
At the same time, heads of the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, while expressing concerns about possible backlash, joined the vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs in telling the Senate panel that Congress should move to repeal the law.
The three who voiced opposition to abolishing the law did say they would comply if Congress moves to repeal the statue.
“Based on what I know about the very tough fight in Afghanistan, the almost singular focus as they train up and deploy into theater, the necessary tightly woven culture of those combat forces that we are asking so much of at this time, and finally the direct feedback from the [Pentagon] survey, my recommendation is that we should not implement repeal at this time,” said Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps. LINK
While the survey General Amos refers to was certainly interpreted differently by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the media, why Secretary Gates failed to mention three of his top generals expressed a serious concern in wartime remains a mystery. General Amos testified that these concerns were actually derived from the survey showing the front line Marines had negative perceptions of the repeal:
“I cannot reconcile nor turn my back on the negative perceptions held by our Marines who are most engaged in the hard work of day-to-day operations in Afghanistan,” he told the panel. “We asked for their opinion and they gave it to us. Their message is that the potential exists for disruption to the successful execution of our current combat mission, should repeal be implemented at this time.”
Alluding to the survey, the Marine chief said, “Approximately 45 percent of Marines surveyed view the repeal negatively regarding unit effectiveness, unit readiness, and cohesion.”
He continued, “Of particular concern to me is that roughly 56 percent of combat arms Marines voiced negative concerns. Negative benchmarks for combat arms Marines ranged between 66 percent for unit effectiveness and 58 percent for cohesion.”
Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey Jr. and Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz agreed with General Amos on this consensus that the repeal would disruptive in a time of war: The Pentagon survey “clearly states that over 40 percent of our combat arms soldiers believe that the presence of a gay service member in their unit would have a negative impact on the unit’s effectiveness, on the trust that the soldiers feel for each other and on their morale,” Casey added.
Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, who agrees that the law should not be repealed at this time, was more specific as to when the statute should be overturned.
“It’s difficult for me as a member of the Joint Chiefs to recommend placing any additional discretionary demands on our leadership cadres in Afghanistan at this particularly demanding time,” Schwartz told the Senate panel.
General Schwartz recommended deferring this proposal to 2012.
While last week we were blasted with the ever reliable liberal media staking the claim that the military brass was ready to openly accept gays in the service, it appears this isn’t the case. One has to question why the still Democrat controlled Senate Armed Services Committee scheduled these generals to testify at the end of the week. Perhaps they knew in advance that the testimony would not be favorable to their agenda and found Friday to be “a convenient” time. Even our esteemed Allahpundit managed to “bury the lead” at the bottom of his post at 5:33 pm on Friday:
Oh my: Scott Brown and Susan Collins to vote yes on repealing DADT—posted at 5:33 pm on December 3, 2010 by Allahpundit
(Third paragraph) “In the interest of equal time after last night’s post, here’s vid of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos politely disagreeing with Gates and Mullen about repealing DADT right now. Emphasis on “right now”: He accepts repeal as a fait accompli, he just wants it on hold until the services aren’t under the strain of combat.”
In fairness to Allahpundit, his story was about Brown and Collins voting in the affirmative to repeal DADT, and he did mention in the same paragraph that the Army and Air Force generals agreed with Amos. But, when three out of five of the branches of our Armed Services have serious concerns about repealing DADT while their troops are in combat, THIS SHOULD BE NEWS! Curiously, (I know I’ll catch some flak for this), only the “water-boys” of the Navy and Coast Guard gave their blessings to Congress to repeal the act.
But, like the global warming consensus that became “settled science” until the truth emerged that there was an agenda, the liberal media will proclaim DADT repeal a done deal.
Update: lexhamfox makes an excellent point that must require a change in the title. For the record, I took the title directly from the CNS News report. The proper, and honest title has been amended to : Ban on Homosexuals “Serving Openly” in Military Should Not Be Overturned in Wartime, Say Three of Five Service Chiefs.
Thanks to lexhamfox for bringing this glaring oversight to my attention.