Fresh from convincing his wife to ditch the homosexuals, Sen. John McCain appeared on Meet The Press this morning to preemptively grant himself cover on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having claimed all along that if military leaders supported repeal, then so would he, McCain already found a few ways around his previous promise, like quoting retired and dead military leaders who support keeping gays in the closet. Today, he went one step further, claiming the Pentagon survey isn’t sufficient, and that leaks from its results prove it is faulty.
“You and I have not seen that study. And this study was directed on how to implement the repeal not whether the repeal should take place or not,” says McCain, shooting down the current 10-month study that’s about to put a report on President Obama’s desk. “A thorough and complete study of the effects, not how to implement a repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness, that’s what I want. And once we get this study we need to have hearings, and we need to examine it, and we need to look at whether it is the kind of study that we wanted.”
Read: Once this survey is officially complete, and it officially (not just through leaks) shows most American troops don’t give a crap about serving with openly gay comrades, McCain will not stand by its results because it does not meet his standards. But what’s so hokey about McCain’s position is that the study is giving him exactly what he wanted. “I want a thorough and complete study on the effect on morale and battle effectiveness on the United States military,” says the senator. Except if you look at the questions asked of soldiers, those very things are addressed.
But as we all know, Republicans have been busy shooting down the study — led by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and U.S. Army Forces Europe commander Gen. Carter Ham — for weeks. Now McCain is ramping up the messaging just in time for the report’s release.
Addressing wife Cindy’s support of DADT repeal until reversing herself, the senator says, “I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family.” First Amendment: Good. Fourteenth Amendment: Useless.