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Toomey, Sestak see eye to eye on DADT repeal

Monday, October 18th, 2010



Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak says he’s disappointed the Obama Administration is appealing a federal court order halting the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

Sestak, a retired three-star admiral, estimates he had to discharge about a dozen service members during his career because of the policy barring gays from openly serving in the military.

He says he’s frustrated by the amount of time it’s taken to overturn the guidelines.

“We were able to pivot and get our troops over to Afghanistan on short notice,” he says. “We’re able to – we have lessons learned from the integration of women into combat. Why do we have to wait a year for something that has to do with our integrity? We’re asking people and the institution to live a lie.”

The House has voted to end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” once a Pentagon review is complete, but a Senate vote has been held up.

The military has announced it will follow the federal court order, even though the Obama Administration is appealing the decision, and has asked the judge to stay the ruling.

Repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is the rare issue where Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey see eye-to-eye.

Toomey says he’d “welcome” a policy change, if military leaders gave their approval.


2 Comments

  • TruthSeeker says:

    Fact: It has been nearly a week since enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was halted. There have been NO reports of unit cohesion problems, No reports of disciplinary problems, NO resignations, No reports of privacy problems and the U.S. Military remains the most powerful armed force in the world.

    Fact Two: Nearly every NATO ally and European country allows gays and lesbians to serve “openly” and have permitted it for some time with no adverse impact on military effectiveness, unit cohesion, morale or readiness.

    Fact Three: Israel, one of the world’s première fighting force, has allowed openly gay members to serve since 1993. That was SEVENTEEN YEARS ago. There has never been a report of diminished capacity of the IDF because of this policy.
    Germany (since 2001)
    Great Britain (since 2000)
    Australia (since 1992)
    Canada (since 1992).

    Fact Four: These militaries are the very same ones that fight alongside of us in Afghanistan and Iraq today. Not a single one of these countries’ military have found any negative impact on “unit cohesion” or military effectiveness with respect to allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly.

  • HSC71 says:

    Joe Sestak thinks he is smarter than everyone and knows best regardless of the facts. And by the way, he is a retired two star as the current Chairman, JCS Adm Mike Mullen relieved him (read fired) and he retired as a two star. Ask Adm Mullen about that.

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