Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Marine Commandant Defies White House on Gay Troops

HufPo's Aaron Belkin says:
"The Washington Times is reporting that Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway is opposing President Obama's pledge to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell.' Citing a former senior Pentagon official, the Times says that General Conway, 'has emerged in internal Pentagon deliberations as the most outspoken opponent of permitting gay men and women to serve openly in the U.S. military.' According to the Times, the official says that 'Conway has gone further than others in stating his opposition to a change in policy.'

If nothing else, Conway's apparent resistance may be a warning shot to the White House by telegraphing arguments that opponents of repeal will invoke if the Senate holds hearings on 'don't ask, don't tell.' Given that we are fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, opponents will say, we just cannot take time out to focus on civil rights issues like gays in the military."

Uh oh...

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