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Sen. Durbin Doesn't Directly Respond to Question of Whether He Accepts Judgment of Marine...
CNSNews ^ | December 17, 2010 | Dan Joseph

Posted on 12/17/2010 2:47:45 PM PST by jazusamo

Complete title: Sen. Durbin Doesn't Directly Respond to Question of Whether He Accepts Judgment of Marine Commandant That Lifting the Ban on Homosexuals in Military Will Cost the Lives of Marines

(CNSNews.com) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) did not directly respond when asked Thursday whether he accepted the judgement of Gen. James Amos, the Marine Commandant, that lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military will cost the lives of Marines.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he would “have to consider” Amos’s view “during my vote."

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to repeal the law (Title 10, USC 654) that bars homosexuals from serving in the military and the Senate is expected to vote on the issue this weekend.

In speaking with reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday about the proposal to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military, Gen. Amos said, “Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines lives. 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] with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Senate Republican Whip Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), “Do you agree with Marine Commandant Amos’s assessment that repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ could cost military lives?”

Alexander said, “I think I have to consider that during my vote. I think this is the wrong time to change ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”

CNSNews.com also asked Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), “Do you accept the judgment of Marine Commandant Amos when he says that lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military will cost Marines lives?”

James Amos, general, commandant of marines corps

Gen. James Amos, commandant
of the U.S. Marines Corp.,
December 2010.

Durbin responded, “I think the overwhelming response of the military is positive towards ending this discrimination. Other countries have done it effectively.  Men and women of different sexual orientation currently serving in combat in our armed forces, and I think if we come together we can make this work.”

In speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Gen. Amos had also said, "Right now is a very intense period of time for a pretty healthy slice of the United States Marine Corps. This is not training.”

“The forces that wear this uniform, that are in the middle of what I call the real deal, came back and told their commandant of the Marine Corps they have concerns," said Amos. "That's all I need. I don't need a staff study. I don't need to hire three PhDs to tell me what to interpret. If they have concerns, I do, too. It's as simple as that."



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amos; dadt; durbin; homosexualagenda; marinecorps
I salute Gen. James Amos. Durbin is a coward for not answering that direct question.

Every Senate Dem and RINO who's stated their support for repeal should answer that same question.

1 posted on 12/17/2010 2:47:52 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
Every Senate Dem and RINO who's stated their support for repeal should answer that same question.

Damn straight and they should be placed under oath to answer (as if that would matter).

They've already disavowed their oath(s) to uphold our Constitution.

2 posted on 12/17/2010 2:55:13 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: jazusamo
In the same regard (which I totally agree with) is the foolishness of females on submarines, females in the military combat zones, etc.

Distractions? ABSOLUTELY!

3 posted on 12/17/2010 3:03:14 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: jazusamo

To the Left, the World is their petri dish. That includes the military.

We are all expendible specimens in their malevolent social laboratory.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 3:05:16 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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The democRATs are willing to murder US Marines to garner support from their homosexualist pals.


5 posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:59 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: jazusamo
Men and women of different sexual orientation currently serving in combat in our armed forces, and I think if we come together we can make this work.”

I hate to let the cat out of the bag Senator... the repeal of DADT will mean the military will be forced to PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY THROUGH TRAINING!! The Secretary of Defense said so! The indoctrination will state how homo behavior is to be "accepted" and "celebrated." Military chaplains will be forbidden to voice any "hate speech" that condemns homosexuality. Mark my words.

6 posted on 12/17/2010 3:11:50 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: All
Kudos to Sen. James Inhofe:

Sen. Inhofe Agrees with Marine Commandant: Repealing Ban on Homosexuals in Military Could Cost Marines Their Lives

7 posted on 12/17/2010 3:53:12 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: pyx

More likely they’ll be murdering some queers.


8 posted on 12/17/2010 4:02:47 PM PST by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: jazusamo

He said ‘no’, but it took a paragraph to say it, and required some analysis by the listener to understand it. But I’m used to Durbin, whom I consider one of the most loathesome characters in in the history of the Congress.


9 posted on 12/17/2010 4:03:35 PM PST by Seven plus One
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To: pyx
The democRATs are willing to murder US Marines to garner support from their homosexualist pals.

True. Isn't their motto "Yes, we can.?"

10 posted on 12/17/2010 4:07:28 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: jazusamo
I don't need a staff study. I don't need to hire three PhDs to tell me what to interpret. If they have concerns, I do, too.
There ain't nothing like a good field Marine. Semper Fi ...
11 posted on 12/17/2010 4:35:14 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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