U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Splits with President – Opposes Homosexuals in the Military
Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on November 9, 2010
In open defiance of President Obama, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Marine Corps’ new commandant told reporters in California on Saturday that open homosexuality in the military could be disastrous to our combat effectiveness. “There is nothing more intimate than young men and young women — and when you talk of infantry, we’re talking our young men — laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers,” Lt. General James Amos said. “I don’t know what the effect of that will be on cohesion. I mean, that’s what we’re looking at. It’s unit cohesion, it’s combat effectiveness.”
The controversy over the Obama’s efforts to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has created a public split between senior military leaders and President Obama’s political appointees. Both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, told Congress earlier in the year that they personally believe the law should be repealed. Furthermore, Admiral Mullen said he was “surprised” at General Amos’ recent comments, and thought that such views should be discussed “privately.”
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented: “President Obama’s motivation to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law has nothing to do with a desire to enhance the combat effectiveness of our Armed Forces. It has everything to do with his desire to fulfill campaign promises and curry favor with homosexual advocacy groups—regardless of its harm to our national security.”
In February 2010, Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey Jr. told the Senate Committee on Armed Services, “I do have serious concerns about the impact of the repeal of the law on a force that is fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for 8 ½ years. We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness.”
On February 25, 2010, Marine General James T. Conway, the out-going Commandant of the Marine Corps, told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that the “the current policy works.”
“My best military advice to this committee, to the secretary, to the president would be to keep the law such as it is, ” Gen. Conway said.
In a subsequent interview with Fox News, General Conway indicated that as many as 95 percent of Marines would be uncomfortable serving alongside openly gay troops. He indicated that a majority of his men and women think a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring gays would be problematic.
President Barack Obama has repeatedly promised homosexual activists—counted among his most ardent supporters—that he intends to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ” during the lame-duck session, thus effectively dismantling the finest fighting force in human history.
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