Sen McCain at Senate Hearings arguing with the Secretary of Defense Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman
Mullen fires back at McCain’s ‘don’t ask’ repeal criticism - Yahoo! News
In Senate hearings Thursday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen shot back at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for implying that Mullen is not in charge of troops and is thus not qualified to say that the military should end its ban on openly gay service. On Thursday, Mullen told McCain:
"With all due respect, Mr. Chairman and Sen. McCain, it is true that, as chairman, I am not in charge of troops. But I have commanded three ships, a carrier battle group and two fleets. And I was most recently a service myself. For more than 40 years I have made decisions that affected and even risked the lives of young men and women.
"You do not have to agree with me on this issue. But don't think for one moment that I haven't carefully considered the impact of the advice I give on those who will have to live with the decisions that that advice informs. I would not recommend repeal of this law if I did not believe in my soul that it was the right thing to do for our military, for our nation and for our collective honor."
McCain Spox: Senator 'Misspoke' When He Said Defense Secretary Never Served In Military | TPMDC
McCain dismissed Gates' claim that repealing the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members would have little or no effect on military readiness in an interview with NBC News yesterday by suggesting that Gates doesn't really know what ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell will mean for fighters on the ground. McCain, who continues to be opposed to repealing DADT, stated that Gates was not an objective expert on the matter because he's "a political appointee who's never been in the military."
In truth, Gates served in the Air Force as a second lieutenant for two years starting in 1967.
rutroh.. McGranpa is acting up again.