Let’s not make harsh jokes about how McCain, who is 73, might soon join this list of deceased military veterans, but the letter the senator cites — and held up during Senate testimony last month — as reason for his continued support of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell includes the names of dead officers, and the living have an average age of 74; the oldest weighing in on troops in their twenties waging war abroad is 98. And of the 200 (of 1,100 total) names investigated by Servicemembers United, many say the letter to which their names are attached doesn’t represent their current views on gays in the military. More than one says they were never consulted about being included on the letter and now request their names be removed.
“At least one signer, Gen. Louis Menetrey, was deceased when the letter was published and didn’t sign the document himself,” reports DC Agenda. A”ccording to a footnote on the letter, his wife signed the document for him after his death using power of attorney — six years after Alzheimer’s disease robbed him of the ability to communicate.”
And then there are the at least seven officers whose military careers are anything but stellar, including Rear Adm. Riley Mixson, who “in 1993 received a career-ending letter of censure from then-Navy Secretary John Dalton for involvement in the 1991 Tailhook scandal, during which he failed to take action against allegations of sexual misconduct.”
Isn’t this the guy who said he’d rely on the judgment of military leaders to shape his views on DADT? Yup.