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I would also like to comment on Senator John McCain's lack of honor, courage and frankly, flagrant dishonestly, on the subject of repealing DADT.
On October 18th, 2006 on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" Senator McCain said, on camera, to an auditorium of Iowan's quote:
"The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we oughta change the policy' then I think we oughta consider seriously changing it. Because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to."
That day was yesterday. And how did Sen. McCain respond when the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - the most senior civilian and uniformed military leaders in the nation came to him and stated in unequivocal terms, they wish to change the policy? With visible anger and outrage -- completely reversing his position and ensuring that everyone in the room knew that CONGRESS had the responsibility to change the policy, NOT the "leadership of the military".
But the truth is as Adm. Mullen so eloquently put it :
"....the fact (is) that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, it comes down to integrity -- theirs as individuals and ours as an institution."
The distinguished senator from Arizona can learn a great deal about integrity and leadership from this outstanding Admiral and SecDef.
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