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Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives
Stars and Stripes ^ | 14 December 2010 | Kevin Baron

Posted on 12/15/2010 7:25:25 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham

Marine commandant concluded DADT repeal may risk lives

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — The nation’s top Marine Corps officer said he could not endorse a change in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that could cause distractions or endanger the lives of Marines in combat.

Ultimately, the voices of forward-fighting combat Marines who worried about unit cohesion in the Pentagon’s survey swayed Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, leading him to recommend that Congress not repeal the law banning openly gay Americans from military service.

“Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines lives,” he said on Tuesday, explaining how he came to his decision. “That’s the currency of this fight.

“I don’t want to lose any Marines to the distraction. I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m visiting at Bethesda [National Naval Medical Center, in Maryland] with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”

By the end of the day, that statement had drawn sharp response from pro-repeal advocates, including a call for him to step down for being out of step with his own bosses.

At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs responded to a question about Amos’ remarks, saying that President Barack Obama was not concerned that the Marine Corps chief continues to voice his opposition to repeal after the service chiefs have testified.

"No, I mean, look, I think their views are very well-known, just as the commander-in-chief’s views are very well-known," Gibbs said. "I think if you look at the commander-in-chief, the head of the Pentagon (Defense Secretary Robert Gates) and the chair of the Joint Chiefs (Adm. Mike Mullen), you’ll find unanimity in the belief that it’s time to do away with this policy, and that’s exactly what the President is working to do."

Amos was the only service chief to recommend against the repeal outright in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee two weeks ago. Marine Corps leaders and survey responses have indicated the service is more reluctant to support repeal than other military branches. The Army and Air Force chiefs told Congress they preferred that repeal come later, taking a softer stance, while the Navy’s chief said his service was ready to implement repeal now.

Following that testimony, Republicans last week held their filibuster of the repeal for a second time, blocking a Democrat-led attempt to move the annual defense authorization bill closer to a final vote this year.

On Tuesday, the commandant spoke at length about how he came to his decision in an intimate, hour-long session with a small group of reporters in his Pentagon dining room.

“This was not a flippant, rush-right-in preparation,” he said. “This was a very, very deep, thoughtful — I read the report, the survey over and over again.”

When pressed to explain exactly what a breakdown of “unit cohesion” could look like and why it would endanger Marines in combat, or the larger war effort, Amos said he was unsure but that the significant concern of breakdown was good enough for him.

“I can’t explain what the expectations are. I can’t explain what they think might happen,” Amos said.

Repeatedly, Amos pointed to the survey results.

“We asked the questions, and the Marines answered them,” he added. “And I had to listen to that. That’s where I came down.”

Amos said that before early drafts hit his desk several weeks ago, he was unsure how Marines would answer the survey. He noted it found Marines in noncombat roles seemed more ready to accept repeal.

But with so many Marines engaged in Afghanistan, he thought about what could happen to small units like those in Sangin, where fighting is the heaviest by many accounts. When a firefight breaks out, he said, lives depend on “intuitive behavior” free from distraction.

“I don’t want to permit that opportunity [for distraction] to happen,” he said.

Critics pounced on Amos’ stance that “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal could lead to casualties.

“General Amos needs to fall in line and salute or resign now,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which advocates for repeal, in a statement. “He implied that repeal will lead to Marines losing their legs in combat. Those fear tactics are not in the interest of any servicemember.”

Amos said he felt good about his Senate testimony, especially that he was clearly allowed to deliver his “best military advice” without pressure or rebuke, and senators thanked him afterward, even though his advice was, he said, “counter to the way some folks wanted me to go.”

The commandant said he would silence his concerns should Congress vote to repeal the law.

And what if they do?

“That’s easy. I’m going to get in step and do it smartly,” he said, leading the effort with public messages, videos and personal visits with commanders.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dadt; homoagendaalert; homosexualagenda; jamesamos; marines; military

1 posted on 12/15/2010 7:25:28 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Jim Robinson

Get the Zot machine ready!


2 posted on 12/15/2010 7:29:18 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Good for him.
We all know what happened to General Pace and I fear it is to be repeated.

The American Left is on full-assault against out military.

Take my own mega-lib sister for example.
She actively campaigns for:
1. Abortions in military hospitals.
2. Acceptance and even “celebration” of homosexuals in the military.
3. The elimination of military chaplains using the “separation of church and state”, but really because chaplains are the most opposed to homosexuals in the military.

When I ask her how any of those things would make our military better, she claims that she “doesn’t give a f&%^”.

So, there you have it.


3 posted on 12/15/2010 7:31:27 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: A.A. Cunningham
“General Amos needs to fall in line and salute or resign now,” said Aubrey Sarvis

Of course, because Gen. Amos has no clue about the effects of a breakdown in unit cohesion will have on combat effectiveness, does he, Aubrey?

4 posted on 12/15/2010 7:45:04 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Other militaries have openly homosexual personnel;but American homosexuals are represented by ideologically driven politically aggressive anti-Christian anti-moral hatetheist far Left flaming exhibitionists on pink power trips!!!


5 posted on 12/15/2010 7:46:26 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: Happy Rain

Other countries also go out of their way to trample any dissent of over their gay policies. England how has military representation in homosexual “pride” parades and displays. Nobody is allowed to speak out on the policy.

Even now, the left is threatening the careers of senior military officers who oppose the repeal of DADT. And they’ve got a willing media to carry their water.


6 posted on 12/15/2010 7:52:00 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

And what if they do? “That’s easy. I’m going to get in step and do it smartly”

Apparently the CMC does not really believe repeal of DADT would cost Marines lives. If he truly did, he would never back it. I hate to see the USMC cave to progressive, political pressure which is going to decimate our fighting forces.


7 posted on 12/15/2010 7:52:30 AM PST by greenhornet68
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To: A.A. Cunningham

You get fired for saying the truth.


8 posted on 12/15/2010 7:55:41 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
For anyone not aware of it John Bolton, one of the many people considering a 2012 POTUS run is firmly in favor of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"(DADT):

Asked about the president’s plan to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Bolton said he is generally in favor of allowing anyone who wants to serve their country in the military to do so. “I don’t have any trouble with that [repealing ‘Don’t Ask, ‘Don’t Tell] assuming it is done in a way that is respectful of the people in the military who have great difficulty with it,” he said. “I don’t think there is any good answer to the question why shouldn’t gays and lesbians who want to serve their country be allowed to do it.”

While he told TheDC social issues “aren’t where I spend a lot of my time,” Bolton said he opposes abortion and has no problem with gay marriage – indeed, he said that gay marriage is “going to happen.” But, he added, “they are fundamentally issues to be resolved politically, primarily at the state level. And I think the notion of creating a constitutional right to abortion or a constitutional right to gay marriage is a mistake.”

9 posted on 12/15/2010 7:56:30 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Don’t Ask Don’t Steal Like a Pig bump.


10 posted on 12/15/2010 7:57:52 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

To socialists, the military is a just a jobs program. And the reality is that is what it has become over the last 40 years. We are now totally dependent on “special forces” and technology to get the true military work done.


11 posted on 12/15/2010 8:00:46 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

“By the end of the day, that statement had drawn sharp response from pro-repeal advocates, including a call for him to step down for being out of step with his own bosses.”

Eff ‘em. He’s a leader - this would be that “running through a forest fire with a gasoline can” situation Allen West spoke about. Good man.

Colonel, USAFR


12 posted on 12/15/2010 8:01:21 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: SJSAMPLE
I guarantee,after the repeal of DADT,the first time a combat marine punches some homosexual "marine" for grabbing his junk, not only will that normal marine wind up in Naval Prison—the UCMJ will be revised to include thousands of “hate crime” regulations.
From patriots to poofters—that's the homosexual agenda for the US Military.
13 posted on 12/15/2010 8:02:09 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: Happy Rain

Well stated. It is the agenda that creates the distractions.


14 posted on 12/15/2010 8:04:37 AM PST by fml
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To: Happy Rain

Commissions.
Quotas.
Tribuals.

You got it.


15 posted on 12/15/2010 8:06:28 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Its bad enough having to deal with the race card, then the gender card now it is the homo card.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 8:08:37 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: SoConPubbie

He is not an acceptable candidate.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 8:09:22 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greenhornet68
Apparently the CMC does not really believe repeal of DADT would cost Marines lives. If he truly did, he would never back it. I hate to see the USMC cave to progressive, political pressure which is going to decimate our fighting forces.

Apparently, you do not understand the laws of the United States because if Congress repeals DADT, there is NOTHING that the Commandant can do but try to implement the program with the least amount of destruction as possible. Remember, the US Military has their internal leaders, but ultimately, Congress and the CIC have final control over their policies and procedures.

The CMC is already putting his career on the line for even voicing opposition to the Regime's plans, so he is doing what he can right now. I applaud his efforts and I pray to God that this is NOT repealed because, it WILL GET MARINES KILLED! PERIOD!
18 posted on 12/15/2010 8:15:02 AM PST by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Ask your sister when is she going to demand that all women between the ages of 18 and 25 be required to register with the Selective Service?


19 posted on 12/15/2010 8:20:10 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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Bump!


20 posted on 12/15/2010 8:20:27 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Her hatred for the military hasn’t allowed her to think it through.

Really, the American Left sees a capable military as the problem. If our armed forces weren’t so good, we wouldn’t be able to embark upon “imperialist, hegemonic, patriarchal occupations and the oppression of indigenous peoples”, yada yada yada ...

They really do want to destroy our military, at all costs.


21 posted on 12/15/2010 8:22:37 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Yeah, what the heck does Gen. Amos know? He’s only Commandant of the USMC. /sarcasm off

Why does every touchy-feely initiative always seem start with the Navy or naval officers? That’s what I want to know.


22 posted on 12/15/2010 10:54:38 AM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

It’s amazing that not one single gay guy in the whole US of A is allowed to give a drop of blood at a donation drive according to the Federal Center for Disease Control, but it’s just fine to have them in the bloodiest and blood-neediest profession in the entire nation.

Our leaders “thinking themselves wise, became fools!”


23 posted on 12/15/2010 2:24:11 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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