Air Force Chief says DADT report was a ‘good and healthy’ process

The Service Chiefs have been John McCain’s firewall against ending DADT. Via Igor Volsky, it looks like McCain is losing another one from his side. By next week, McCain will be fighting a lonely battle:

This morning, at a breakfast with a group of reporters called the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, who also endorsed the policy to McCain, similarly distanced himself from McCain’s claims that the report would not sufficiently inform the armed forces on the consequences of repeal. According to Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane, Schwartz described the Working Group review as a “good and healthy” process:

The chiefs, who have all seen draft versions of the report, are not commenting on the results of the Working Group study until it is publicly released on Tuesday, November 30th.

Then, the Service Chiefs will be testifying at before the Senate Armed Services Committee. That should be quite a show because McCain has become obsessed with keeping DADT in effect.


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