If Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill was the star of today’s Don’t Ask Don’t hearings (and boy, was she), then its sorest loser has to be Georgia’s Sen. Saxby Chambliss, for his lovely equation where banning homosexuality in the military equals banning drug abuse in the military.
The military, Chambliss said while addressing Sec. Gates and Adm. Mullen, “must maintain policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion.” And “the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk to those high standards.” Which is why letting gays serve openly in the military would, of course, lead to the snowball effect of permitting “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization, and body art.”
All of which, like homosexuals serving in the military, we’re pretty sure are happening anyhow.
Meanwhile, if Chambliss isn’t your favorite hack from today’s hearings, how about Sen. John McCain? He told Chris Matthews on MSNBC in
August 2006, “I understand the opposition to [DADT], and I’ve had these debates, the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says ‘Senator, I think we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider changing it.’” Wasn’t that part of what today was all about? Then why was he arguing: “Our men and women in uniform are fighting two wars, guarding the frontlines against a global terrorist enemy, serving and sacrificing on battlefields far from home, and working to rebuild and reform the force after more than eight years of conflict. At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.”