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The Tool: gays should not be able to openly serve in the military

I hope Dirtbag McCain the Bush-Humping Tool didn’t serve with anyone queer, because he’s going to have to explain why he continues to believe that out gays and lesbians should be barred from serving their country. Hail, Rev. Tinkywinky, eh, John?

In an interview in Boston’s Edge Providence, McCain was asked whether he would vote for Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan’s Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1059), which would repeal DADT, he said “No.”

Even more offensive is his statement that the policy is actually working.

“All the senior members of the military say that it’s working,” McCain told EDGE. “I hold the same position.”

Let’s see, how is it working when, over the last ten years, our government has wasted an estimated $363 million discharging able-bodied men and women who have received training in essential positions, simply because of sexual orientation. Twenty Arabic and six Farsi specialists were booted between 1998 and 2004. All those folks had to be replaced with suitable heterosexuals.

Meanwhile, recruitment has tanked, resulting in a lowering of standards, admitting people convicted of aggravated assault, robbery, vehicular manslaughter, receiving stolen property and making terrorist threats. That’s truly an Army of One.

Oh yes, and this week the Army announced, for the second time since January, that it has raised the maximum age for recruits. The first bump was from 35 to 40. This week. the new ceiling is 42, for both active-duty Army or the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard.

And it all adds up:

In the last 10 years, more than 10,000 service members have been discharged because they did not keep their sexual orientation to themselves as required, according to the Service Members Legal Defense Network, a gay rights group that monitors the armed forces.

…The department [of Defense] does not track the specific costs of investigating or discharging gay service members, counseling and providing pastoral care for them or for handling legal challenges and reviews of dismissals, the report says. But the accounting office estimated that it cost the Pentagon nearly $100 million, $10,500 a person, to recruit replacements for enlisted service members who were discharged from 1994 to 2003 for being gay.

Investigators said that the cost to the Navy to train the replacements was $49 million, $18,000 a service member. The report said the Air Force estimated its training costs at $16.6 million, or $7,400 a service member, and the Army said its costs were $29.7 million, or $6,400 a service member. The investigators said the Marines declined to provide estimates.

DADT’s working…sure.

Hat tip, PageOneQ.

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