John McCain has been a politician so long that he has apparently forgotten how to be a soldier. His recent tirade about the military’s gay policy compelled Admiral Mullen to remind him that the military is not a democracy and that it is “incredibly bad precedent” to ask soldiers to vote on policy. Admiral Mullen was dead right. A military commander is not supposed to be a Parliamentarian, he is there to enforce orders, and in wartime these are mostly unpopular orders. Today’s generals are mostly weak and mealy-mouthed, and McCain’s talk only encourages them to make further excuses for failure. Consider Marine General Amos, a generally weak and ineffective commander who claims that lifting the ban will cause him to be even more weak and ineffective. Now, that’s a question for you to debate. If General Amos’ fighting capacity or his ability to be an effective soldier is in any way weakened by gays in the military, it’s a strong indication that he wasn’t much of a soldier to begin with. Somehow, I can’t imagine General Patton saying that he would not be able to invade Sicily because he had gay soldiers in his command.
Neil Thex, Mesa
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