Clips of McCain at DADT hearings:
John McCain talks to Howie Kurtz:
His explanation [for supporting DADT]: “The Marine commandant is opposed to [dropping] Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I know for a fact the other three service chiefs have serious reservations.” As for their superiors, McCain casually mentions the commander in chief and defense secretary, “neither of which I view as a military leader.”
McCain is not any sort of leader, military or otherwise and he has amply demonstrated that on this issue.
From the Kurtz article:
In 2006, he [McCain] said on MSNBC that “the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.” Now that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, supports the Pentagon’s move toward junking DADT—and even McCain’s wife, Cindy, has appeared in a gay rights group’s video opposing the policy—the senator is blocking Obama’s plan.
John McCain has changed his position so many times on this issue that he might as well be a traffic light – except his would always be red. As each roadblock he puts up is surmounted, he becomes more and more of a lonely figure. First he would do what the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of Defense suggested. They want repeal. Then he wanted to see the results of the survey. The survey says repeal. Now he is left with saying that the troops should be consulted and we should not repeal because a lot of Marines are uncomfortable.
Tuff. I bet a lot of the military was uncomfortable when the military was desegregated. They are soldiers and will do what their superiors tell them to. Their superiors want repeal.
Watching him lecture and interrupt the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was just painful. In my opinion, his comments show disrespect for the office of the President and of his Defense Secretary, who was first appointed under George Bush. He disrespected the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He is going against the combined views of both the civilian and uniformed leaders of our country.
McCain, and the Republicans, are on the wrong side of history here and will not be treated well by the history books.