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Army Chief Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ About ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Change

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Posted on Feb 23, 2010
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Although other military leaders have expressed their support for a moratorium on the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding American gay and lesbian troops, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the U.S. Army chief of staff, on Tuesday expressed reservations to senators, including a receptive Sen. John McCain, about changing the law in wartime.  —KA

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Gen. George W. Casey Jr., appearing before a Senate committee, said he supported studying revisions to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars gays from serving openly in the military. But he said he had some reservations about how changing the policy could affect deployed troops.

“I do have serious concerns about the impact of repeal of the law on a force that is fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight and half years,” Casey said. “We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness.”

“Exactly,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) murmured in response.

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By Carl, February 24, 2010 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

Now that someone opposes, Obama will sideline the entire idea. Oh well, he tried. Gosh darn.

Just look at Obama’s failure to move 250 suspected terrorists from a base in Cuba to another base. I can do that in one day, Obama promised one year, and now “maybe” in four.

Its time for all good Americans to demand an new Dem President choice in 2012 and send this clown home.

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By msgmi, February 24, 2010 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Gen. Casey believes the force morale with suffer. In that case general, declare ‘operation homophobia’ and rid the military of all gays. Cleanse the force of every soldier that volunteered to protect our country, get rid of them and replace them with the lowered standard recruits who will no doubt perform their duties at the highest level.

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By Jim Yell, February 24, 2010 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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In our entire history the military has been served by members that are gay. They have along with the rest of the troops been subject to being killed, or wounded and maimed. Yet they can bleed for our country, but not be recognized for who they are—-your sons, your daughters, your cousins, nieces and nephews and even your parents.

If you have ever watched “Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister”, you will immediately understand the strategy of these officers (who oddly enough may themselves be closet cases), and that is agree with the idea, by saying “of course, you are right, but this is not the right time, but we will get to it in the fullness of time”. It is on an order of telling people to kill other people but in such a way that you may have deniability, when responsibility is given out.

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By Thong-girl, February 24, 2010 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Anyone expecting McCain to exhibit manliness in anything need to understand that his manhood resembles his pea brain.  It is widely known among insiders that McCain’s manhood is medically referred to as “ambiguous genitalia.”  His tiny brain though has convinced him that by acting out the way he does will hide this deficiency.  Go ahead, ask me how I know?

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By RAE, February 24, 2010 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

Concerns “about changing the law in wartime.”

Excuse me, General… when, exactly, is your USA NOT AT WAR?

And Ouroborus, Casey (and his fellow dime-a-dozen, warmongering cronies), are likely as you say, “morons,” but I suggest that any Gay or Lesbian individual who actually WOULD WANT TO join up to potentially get killed are equally as stunned. The American military, for the most part, are NOT “defending their country” but “serving the political and even personal and financial needs of what passes for leadership and the military-industrial complexes.

To deliberately put yourself in harms way under these circumstances indicates just how well the jingoistic hype that’s poured into every American from birth manages to warp their thinking apparatus. This brainwashing is right up there in effectiveness as that used by most religions. How can so many be so stupid?

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By Ouroborus, February 24, 2010 at 4:52 am Link to this comment

Casey is the Army Chief of staff? OMG!
Casey is a moron.
Casey; go suck an egg!

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By natural, February 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Well to test this study and see it’s effects, the pentagon should in my opinion send a homosexual battalion to either Iraq or Afghanistan and observe how welcoming the locals would be…

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By zeroinfinity, February 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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Please study the Spartans and the Romans, Gen. Casey.

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