McCain on military’s gay ban: ‘I believe that it’s working’
. . In 2006, McCain told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.”
In past weeks, military leaders have come forward to do just that. Admiral Mike Mullen told Congress that repealing the ban and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be “the right thing to do.”
Gen. David Petraeus told NBC’s David Gregory that troops probably don’t care if fellow soldiers are gay or lesbian.
But the Arizona Senator seemed to dismiss the opinions of those military leaders Sunday.
“Admiral Mullen was as quoted speaking personally. Just this week, commandant of the Marine Corps said that he did not want “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed. There are many in the military who do not want to,” said McCain.
McCain pointed to the training, retention and recruitment success of the US military and then went on to say that the discriminatory policy is effective. “I believe that it’s working,” he told David Gregory Sunday.
— Scholar: About 66,000 gays are in military