McCain Comes Up With “don’t ask, don’t tell” Pentagon SurveyBy Avik, Gaea News Network
Thursday, December 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (GaeaTimes.com) — Senator John McCain spoke with defense secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday on the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.
He spoke on the grounds of a survey conducted on 115,000 active duty and reserve service members. The results of the same clearly depicted that a majority of 58 percent of Marines in combat units and 48 percent of Army thought that repealing this law that have been there for none less than 17 long years would either prove to be negative or may pop up with some uncanny impact, leading to a situation in which they might not be able to work together properly.
Mr. McCain said at a Senate hearing, stated,
I remain concerned, as I have in the past, and as demonstrated in this study, that the closer we get to service members in combat, the more we encounter concerns about whether ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ should be repealed, These views should not be considered lightly, especially considering how much combat our forces face.
In a controversial debate, Mr. Gates was found telling,
With time and adequate preparation, we can mitigate their concerns.
and McCain, who himself had been a naval aviator in the Vietnam War and was shot down and imprisoned in Hanoi shot back at him with,
I couldn’t disagree more, We send these young people into combat, we think they’re mature enough to fight and die. I think they’re mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness. Mr. Secretary, I speak from personal experience.
Post this debate the decision to vote for within the next few weeks was confirmed once again by Admiral Mullen who explained that delay will only draw in waves of lawsuits.
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