I have to
wonder think hope that Log Cabin Republicans helped get Senator Warner (R-VA) to make this strong statement of support for gays and lesbians serving in the military.
The ranking Republican of the Senate Armed Services Committee sharply rebuked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tuesday, taking issue with General Peter Pace’s view that homosexual acts are immoral.
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a former Secretary of the Navy, said, “I respectfully but strongly disagree with the chairman’s view that homosexuality is immoral. In keeping with my longstanding respect for the Armed Services committee hearing process, I will decline to comment on the current policy until after such hearings are held.”
The power to schedule hearings rests with the current chairman, Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
But Warner’s comments suggest that he may be willing to revisit U.S. military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which was crafted under President Clinton and backed by Pace. A spokesman said Warner has not discussed his view of the policy in past years.
By the way, why hasn’t Senator Levin come out to support gays in the military after Pace’s comments Monday? I thought the Democrat Party was the one carrying the gay water for all of us??? (*cough*)
A statement Tuesday by Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on remarks he made in an interview on gays in the military:Yesterday, during a wide-ranging interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, I was asked if I think the current policy as codified in U.S. Code, generally referred to as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” should still hold.
People have a wide range of opinions on this sensitive subject.
The important thing to remember is that we have a policy in effect, and the Department of Defense has a statutory responsibility to implement that policy.
I made two points in support of the policy during the interview. One, “don’t ask, don’t tell” allows individuals to serve this nation; and two, it does not make a judgment about the morality of individual acts.
In expressing my support for the current policy, I also offered some personal opinions about moral conduct. I should have focused more on my support of the policy and less on my personal moral views.
While I strongly disagree with Pace’s comments and his assessment of homosexual acts (as he puts it), I do dread the thought police coming after him to the point that the message in America these days is that you cannot express your personal opinion unless it is shared by those in the media and the liberal elite.