Robert Gates Warning to John McCain on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Robert Gates has issued a thinly veiled warning to Arizona Senator John McCain on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": give in now, because the courts will eventually overturn it, causing "greater disruption in the force," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brooke Buchanan, a spokesperson for McCain, said, "Senator McCain and his staff are currently in the process of carefully reviewing the Pentagon's report regarding the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law."

Gates admitted that fighting combat units and special operations forces are still showing "discomfort and resistance" to the decision of allowing gay men and women to openly serve in the military. He said that "proper education and training" could overcome the reservations.

Gates did say that the resistance was "a source of concern to the service chiefs and to me." Repeal, he said, "can be done and should be done without posing a serious risk to military readiness."

"The debate about the evidence is now officially over," said military scholars from West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Post Graduate School, and the Naval War College, in a joint statement. "The only remaining rationale for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is prejudice."

Do you agree with the steps toward eradicating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allowing gay men and women to serve openly? Do you feel Senator McCain is being archaic and prejudicial, or is his resistance to the change right for our military? Share your thoughts about this ongoing conflict with us below.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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