McCain challenges gays in military
Friday 03 December 2010
A leading Republican senator yesterday claimed a US military study on gays was flawed and that letting them serve openly would be dangerous in a time of war.
In a direct challenge to the Pentagon's top officials, Senator John McCain's opposition comes ahead of a Senate debate on a bill that would overturn the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Senator McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and a former Navy pilot, comes from a long family line of service in the military and has helped block previous debate on the issue.
Advocates of repeal had hoped that this week's Pentagon study would weaken Republican resistance to the bill. The study found that the overwhelming majority of troops were not against a repeal.
But among those who did care, most were troops performing combat duties. Nearly 60 per cent of those in the Marine Corps and in Army combat units said they thought repeal would hurt their units' ability to fight on the battlefield.
Mr McCain seized on this finding to argue that forcing such a substantial change in a time of war would be wrong for the military and the US. He also criticised the study for scrutinising only how the law could be repealed, and not whether doing so would benefit the military.
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Client Services Executive - Enfield, North London ...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + 30 days holiday: Ashdown Group: Finance Manager - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Support Engineer / Network ...