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Gen. James Amos Welcomes Homos To the Marines

Well isn’t this quite the welcoming committee. Even though Marine chief Gen. James Amos testified before the Senate that repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would be a stupid “distraction” that would inevitably cost his troops their limbs in combat (because everyone would be thinking about getting back to base for a soapy shower, not the mission at hand), he did insist that if everyone signed off on repeal, he’d fall into line and educate his men and women on the new rules.

Talking about how “our fidelity to one another is our moral compass that guides us” and how it is the “foundation of being a Marine is all about,” Gen. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Carlon Kent released this video — complete with cuts to troops looking courageous! — to prepare troops to “step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law.” Something about needing to “treat each other with dignity and respect.” Even homosexuals.

This is pretty wonderful.