Skip to comments.Army chief: 'Serious concerns' over 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Posted on 02/23/2010 1:58:22 PM PST by Baladas
Washington (CNN) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Tuesday that he has "serious concerns" over the impact of a repeal of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members.
"I do have serious concerns about the impact of the repeal of the law on ... a force that's fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight and a half years," he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He agreed, however, that it would be fair to characterize his opinion as not being "strongly" for or against a repeal.
The general objected to a proposed moratorium on discharging people under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy before a repeal is formally enacted.
"I would recommend against it," he said. "We would be put in a position of actually implementing [a repeal] while we were studying implementation. And I don't think that would be prudent."
The policy, enacted under President Clinton in 1993, bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from serving in the U.S. military but prevents the military from asking a service member's sexual orientation.
President Obama and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen support a repeal of the policy. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, has said he plans to introduce legislation next week that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly. A separate repeal bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
Army Secretary John McHugh, also testifying before the committee Tuesday, declined to offer a personal opinion on a possible repeal of the controversial policy. He joined Casey in pointing out potential problems associated with a moratorium on discharges.
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Nothing good will come of this.
Repealing dont ask, dont tell would do greater harm than good. Military Leadership are so out of touch with the real military.
last year the military was the Year of the NCO...whats next. Year of the Homosexual?
The Army better hire more Equal Opportunity Reps and HR personnel.
“...it would be fair to characterize his opinion as not being “strongly” for or against a repeal...”
Spoken like a true bureaucratic political general! And this is the same zip-wad that didn’t wait for the bodies at Fort Hood to cool before jumping in to defend diversity as priority number one.
Casey should find a backbone.
It isn’t about “allowing gays to openly serve in the military” as they say. It’s about EXTRA “considerations” for gays in the military. Think Hate-Crime for Soldiers.
His concerns are the left’s goals.
And that will be just fine with Obama. He caters to his leftist supporters and he weakens the US military. That's a twofer.
Will there be mutiny?
Wait ‘til Friday evening when he announces his retirement from the service “to be with his family.” Rahm don’t play, suckah!
Gen Casey is covering both sides. He wasn't quite so evasive when saying that diversity is more important than the murders at Ft. Hood by a terrorist Muslim in the Army.
I sure would like to hear the general address this many words (and more!) toward what he is doing to fix the Muslim infiltration into the Army, along with a full briefing on what led up to the Fort Hood massacre.
I won’t hold my breath...
Apart from nicely decorated barracks what good can it *possibly* do?
To those Freepers who inexplicably think that Lieberman is one of us and pound a drum for his coming into the GOP, take note.
Given the comments of his superior officers, he probably went as far as he could.