McCain’s Hypocrisy, Mullen’s Integrity

John McCain’s hypocrisy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is stunning.

Here’s Maureen Dowd today: “Three years ago, McCain told a group of college students that he would drop his objections on the issue ‘the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, "Senator, we ought to change the policy.”’“ That day arrived yesterday and the Senator from Arizona was having none of it .

Andrew Sullivan sums up yesterday’s testimony by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The integrity of Admiral Michael Mullen’s statement is the real news of the day: "He said that requiring servicemembers to lie as part of their duty to their country violated their integrity as soldiers and the military’s integrity itself. He said, in other words, that the current policy is dishonorable. I agree with him.”

Me, too.

More reactions to yesterday’s Senate hearings here from the first paragraph of The Daily Wrap of The Daily Dish.

I was especially glad to hear Mullen say that he had served with gay service members since 1968. At that time, I was in the U.S. Army learning Russian in Monterey. While there, I got to know soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who were openly gay, but only with people they trusted. On the whole, they were smarter, funnier and far better language students than average. I learned then that a fearful reaction to homosexuality was both stupid and wrong.

Our military will be stronger when we finally recognize that Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom solved this problem long ago – and we’ve hurt ourselves by being so late in catching up.

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