McCain says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is ‘successful.’ SLDN says to McCain ‘This is a new age’

Via Ben Smith, here’s an excerpt of McCain’s statement opposing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

This successful policy has been in effect for over 15 years, and it is well understood and predominantly supported by our military at all levels. We have the best trained, best equipped, and most professional force in the history of our country, and the men and women in uniform are performing heroically in two wars. At a time when our armed forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy.

Wrong again, John McCain.

SLDN offered this response to McCain:

Sen. McCain said tonight that DADT is “successful.” It would be a mistake to think this law is working. Nearly a quarter of our troops, according to a Zogby poll, KNOW who is gay and who is not. This is a new age, Senator. Even weekly churchgoers and conservatives want to see the law go. In addition, no law or policy is successful if it hurts military readiness at a time of two wars.

McCain has a warped definition of success.

Doesn’t McCain know keeping this policy could have repercussions for his BFF, Lindsey? I guess McCain needs to burnish his anti-gay cred now that Cindy supports marriage equality.


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