Marine official: I don't support 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
December 3rd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Marine official: I don't support 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

[Updated at 9:40 a.m.] Top Air Force officer tells Congress Air Force can accommodate repeal but disagrees with military report that short term risk on fighting in Afghanistan would be low.

Gen. Norton Scwhartz recommends delaying full implementation until 2012 to avoid impact on combat.

[Updated at 9:39 a.m.] Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday that he does not support a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

[Posted at 9:35 a.m.] There is "strong potential for disruption at the small unit level" of combat units if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is repealed, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday.

Allowing openly gay and lesbian Marines to serve would "no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus of preparing units for combat."

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  1. meee

    Go to war against the gays there problem solved

    December 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Kristine & Mike. You are both pathetic little creatures. I can not believe how stupid and naive you are. You put a gay man in with a Marine plattoon in a front fighting area then at the most he's dying and at the least getting punched often. Quite frankly your phonie little world you live in is laughable.
    Enjoy the real one. Where real men fight and die and the last thing they want to see is some but/t pa/cker.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike


      Punching gay guys regularly, are you? Using derogatory terms doesn't enhance your point, you know. So gay soldiers are not real men now? Perhaps their blood is of different color? You've proved to be a bigot, frankly and any argument on this topic coming from such source is tainted from the start.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyAtheist

      Kristine here, under my actual CNN username. Jim, what facts do you have to support anything you say? What makes gay people less capable to fight than straight people? If you think being gay somehow means they're more likely to die in combat, you're sorely mistaken and letting your personal bias get in the way of seeing reality. Gay men are real men, Jim, whether you like it or not.

      And of course, when all else fails, just call me stupid because that completely validates your argument. Thank goodness people like you are an old, dying breed. Have fun when you find yourself on the wrong side of history.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ZB

    Shame on us all that in the 21st century we are still a nation bigots. Shame on this General for being nothing but a bigot. No doubt he would have said the same thing when the military was integrated and woman were allowed to serve. If he is so incompetent a leader that he can't get his troops to officially accept what they already know exists then he is not qualified to lead them in combat. The notion that marines worry more about who people sleep with then who is shooting at them is absolute nonsnes.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amanda

    I think "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be in place for both openly straight and openly gay.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    "Enlistment for general service implies that the individual may be sent anywhere — to any ship or station where he is needed. Men on board ship live in particularly close association; in their messes, one man sits beside another; their hammocks or bunks are close together; in their common tasks they work side by side; and in particular tasks such as those of a gun's crew, they form a closely knit, highly coordinated team. How many white men would choose, of their own accord, that their closest associates in sleeping quarters, at mess, and in a gun's crew should be of another race? How many would accept such conditions, if required to do so, without resentment and just as a matter of course? The General Board believes that the answer is 'Few, if any,' and further believes that if the issue were forced, there would be a lowering of contentment, teamwork and discipline in the service." (Navy General Board, 1942, p. 1)

    Senator Richard Russell in response to Truman: “The mandatory intermingling of the races throughout the services will be a terrific blow to the efficiency and fighting power of the armed services....It is sure to increase the numbers of men who will be disabled through communicable diseases. It will increase the rate of crime committed by servicemen." (Quoted in Binkin et al., 1982, p. 26).

    December 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pw

    When truman intergrate the military; did the military become bad? I don't think so. Repeal this stupid law!! John mccain go crawl undera rock, you racist clown

    December 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Mike are you gay. I've read your posts, and you seem to support gays a little more than usual. I am not gay, but I have no problem that they live their own lives. So, are you?

    December 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pw

    Did the military go bad; when truman intergrate the military? I don't think so!!

    December 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jilinwa

    I think that people who consider themselves gay are sick. There will be gay and lisbian who will want to enlist in the military because that's where a gay would seduce a male or male in his quarter or a lisbian do vise versa. A gay male living with other males would consider a female living with males or lisbian likewise. A gay should be live and sleep seperately from a male group because he has considered himself a female and so as a lesbian. In every form we filled out there is a section for female and male, so with the repeal a form will have another section for gay and lisbian to be checked or marked. How about using the shower? Should the military allow a gay to shower with other males? or A lisbian shower with other females? Are we going to classify those gay as "men in uniform" or "almost men in uniform?" Obama and congress stop the repeal "don't ask don't tell."

    December 19, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
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