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Troops to Mullen: what DADT controversy?

Timothy Kincaid

February 16th, 2010

Admiral Mullen went to Jordan expecting troops in the field to have concerns over his decision to move in the direction of repealing the military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. He didn’t find any. (McClatchy)

Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question and answer session with troops serving here when he raised a topic of his own: “No one’s asked me about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” he said.

As it turned out, none of the two dozen or so men or women who met with Mullen at Marine House in the Jordanian capital Tuesday had any questions on the 17-year-old policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military — or Mullen’s public advocacy of its repeal.

It seems that the soldiers had already moved on.

At Tuesday’s session, which included not only Marines, but members of the Army and the Air Force, both male and female service members explained why they were nonplussed by the issue: They’d already served with gays and lesbians, they accepted that some kind of change was imminent, and, they said, the nation was too engulfed in two wars for a prolonged debate about it.

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Lindoro Almaviva
February 16th, 2010 | LINK

And yet Republcan’ts and pseudo religious leaders insist the troops would fall apart. Who to believe? The people in the battlefield or the bureaucrats? Hard one…

Richard W. Fitch
February 16th, 2010 | LINK

@Lindoro: …ah….yeah….right. That is really a hard call….

Amicus
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

A nation engulfed in war? LOL.

Maybe engulfed in the Olypics and the new season of American idol.

Even the WaPo, the only major newspaper today to carry a front-page story on the major push into Helmand, called it “Obama’s War” in the headline.

Edwin
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

The only ones worried about are the politians. The troops are getting on with what they are doing. The only thing the politicians need to worry about getting out of those country’s and not getting gays out of the services.

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