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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell tries again

December 15, 2010

Congressmen Hoyer and Murphy are taking one last crack at repealing DADT by bringing it to the floor — possibly as early as today — as a stand-alone bill. While most military members polled said they either didn’t care or were in favor of gays serving in the military openly, the Marines continue to balk.

Asked in a briefing with Pentagon reporters on Tuesday how repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” would affect unit cohesion, [commandant of the Marine Corps, General John F. Amos] said: “Have you been out with Marines in an intense firefight? That is a unique experience.” In that situation, he said, the Marines are “like an amoeba” and “when your life hangs on a line on the intuitive behavior of the young man that sits to your right and your left, you don’t want anything distracting that.” (source, NY Times online, December 14, 2010; House Leader in New Bid to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, ; link here)

This is so patently ridiculous it almost escapes notice.  The General is claiming that Marines caught in a firefight, battling for their lives, have time to think about whether members of their squad are so sexually attracted to them they can’t focus on not being shot.

Ahem… If I’m a Marine, in a firefight with the enemy, the 2 things I’m least likely to be thinking about at that moment are my junk and whether my Sergeant wants to boink me.

The Marines are highly trained fighting machines. Outside of Special Forces, I believe the Marines go through the most rigorous combat training. I don’t know about you, and I don’t know about the conservatives trying to kill the repeal of DADT, but I am 100% confident in the Marine Corps’ ability to deploy men and women in battle who use their training to get through a firefight without thinking about sex.

The Commandant knows that his troops are competently trained to succeed on the battle field. His comments are pure political theater.

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