Senator John McCain on the Larry King show insisted President Obama was embarking on a dangerous course by seeking to end the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and emphasized the policy was “working well” and supported by the military. Some reports estimate that up to 60,000 members of the armed forces including thousands in fighting zones could be classified as either gay or lesbian. Hundreds of gays and lesbians have either been killed or wounded in combat, and at least 20,000 have been discharged because they told when they should be silent.
Frankly, I do not know if John McCain has talked to officers, but there is considerable evidence they are divided with X percent urging an end to the policy and Y percent seeking to maintain it. President Obama is absolutely correct in asking the military and Congress to examine the issue. Just remember, Senator McCain, some of the men and women who served with you in Vietnam WERE gay or lesbian.
As Senator Kirsten Gillibrand put it: “The military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy is an unfair, outdated measure that violates the civil rights of some of our bravest, most heroic men and women.”
Senator McCain, if not now, then when?