Mullen and Gates to Marines: Drop dead!
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Another finding was that by causing the discharge of well-trained and competent service members the act harmed rather than helped unit cohesion and morale. But only last Friday Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos testified that a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “…has strong potential for disruption and will no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus of preparing units for combat.” Amos, speaking of the active-duty Marines, said “We asked for their opinions, and they gave them to us. Their message to me is that the potential exists for disruption to the successful execution of our current combat mission should repeal be implemented at this time.”
Gen. Amos’s opinion isn’t new. His predecessor, Gen. James Conway, held the same views. Why didn’t the Justice Department present that evidence to Judge Phillips? It can only be that it was complicit in the effort to overturn the DADT law.
The professional military is nearly unanimous in opposing a repeal of the DADT law. Why then is Bob Gates pushing it so hard that he would participate in the White House’s effort to repeal it?
Gates has made no secret of his plan to leave the Defense Secretary post next year. He undoubtedly has further ambitions.
Gates may be positioning himself to become the next Secretary of State. If Hillary leaves, his path would be open if, and only if, the president believes he is an effective tool to be used to achieve Obama’s future political goals. To put himself in line for that or some other key position, Gates has overreached on DADT and alienated the military professionals as has Adm. Mullen.
Mullen has gone even farther than Gates. In last Friday’s hearing, he dismissed concerns that Marines would refuse to re-enlist if DADT were repealed saying, “We’ll deal with that.”
Mullen’s words reminded me of the famous New York Daily News headline when President Gerald Ford told New York City that he wouldn’t bail it out financially. The headline said, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The headline that should have followed Mullen’s sneering statement should have been, “Mullen to Marines: Drop Dead.” I wonder if Secretary Gates, in some future confirmation hearing or election, should he choose to run for the Senate, would be eager to answer if he agreed with Mullen’s statement.
Mullen, who seeks reappointment next year, should not be confirmed. He and Gates need to know that the Marines’ motto — “Semper Fidelis,” always faithful — means not only that Marines are always faithful to their duty, but that we have a duty to be faithful to them.
I stand with the Marines. Where do you stand, Dr. Gates?
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