Speaking Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. John McCain attacked the Pentagon Working Group Study on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that is due December 1. Last week, the Pentagon leaked results to the Washington Post which concluded most servicemembers didn't care if openly gay members served and the "military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and and isolated incidents of risk." McCain says none of that matters anymore and we need a "new study" that "asks the right questions."
"Once we get this study, we need to have hearings. And we need to examine it. And we need to look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted," McCain said. "It isn't, in my view, because I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale."
And "the right questions"?
"All four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects , not how to implement the repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness. That's what I want, and once we get this study, we need to have hearings and we need to examine it and look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted. It isn't in my view."
After appearing on Meet the Press in February 2010 and demanding that the troops be surveyed, McCain has reversed himself (again) because the results of that survey don't tell him what he wants to hear. McCain won't be satisfied until a report definitively and categorically says gays and lesbians are unsuited for open service forever. But all the researc and data, as well as the experiences of Israel, Candad and the UK, say otherwise.
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