Just as this blog predicted, Senator John McCain yesterday called for a new study of the soon to be released Don't Ask, Don't Tell study. The reason he wants it is already clear, to delay the inevitable integration of the U.S. military.
But at this point his objections are starting to have the ring of French farce. Complete with slamming doors and raised voices in his own home, presumably.
What McCain's really looking for, it seems clear, is to keep gays from serving openly without the threat of DADT.
"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 told the press yesterday. "It isn't, in my view, because I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale," McCain added.
Remember this is the same man who said that he would listen to our troops. McCain knew that the study was developed to look at how to repeal DADT, not to ask if it was a good idea.
"McCain is telling the Pentagon: keep working until you produce the outcome I'm looking for," Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, told the press last night.
If McCain is serious about studying the effects of having gay soldiers serve openly, perhaps he should fly to England and spend the entire trip taking showers with the British Army. The Brits integrated their own army without even one incident of the kind that McCain and Gen. James Amos, the new commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps, live in notable dread of.
McCain said he wanted to hear from the troops. They have just told him they have no objection to the lifting of the ban. Neither do 70% of the American people. Those are not the answers he's looking for, clearly.
Someone should remind him that civilians have control of the military, not the other way around.