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Former Joint Chiefs Chair General John Shalikashvili Fires Back at Service Chiefs Letter on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


Former Joint Chiefs Chairman General John Shalikashvili fired back at a letter from the Service Chiefs that was being circulated by Senator John McCain earlier today which urged congressmen to delay a vote on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" until after the military had completed its assessment.

Shalikashvili Wrote Shalikashvili: "While I fully agree that Congress should take no action that usurps the Pentagon's evaluation process and recommendations, there is nothing in those letters that gives Congress any reason to delay enacting the legislative compromise that was proposed this week. The legislative compromise fully and affirmatively respects the Working Group process."

The letter concludes, "it is not only preferable, but essential, that [Don't Ask, Don't Tell] be repealed in order for the Service Chiefs to retain the very authority the requeire to do their jobs effectively."

You may recall that Shalikashvili publicly lobbied for the repeal now, implement later plan in an editorial in Saturday's Washington Post.

In related news, veterans Walker Burtschell, Eric Alva, John Affuso, Larry Baxley, Jarrod Chlapowski, and Mike Almy, who are involved in HRC's Voices of Honor campaign, delivered more than 20,000 postcards calling for repeal to Capitol Hill. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, joined them at a press conference.

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  1. Good for him. McCain is so bitter over his losing to Obama that he is now just a raving nutcase.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | May 26, 2010 8:08:36 PM

  2. All military personnel that are gay, NEEDS to come out of the closet!! They need to show the politicians that unless they are recognized as individuals they will NT fight for this country. I'm sick of it!! Stand up for yourselfs or don't do it at all.

    Posted by: KB | May 26, 2010 8:20:58 PM

  3. really KB? So all of these veterans should risk losing their careers, their jobs, all of their benefits because these douchebags can't get on board with the 21st century reality? I don't think so. This is fucking typical Ammurrican bullshit: our government is so retarded (no offense to anyone who is developmentally disabled) that they can't even just REPEAL this offensive unjust piece of shit. Gee, no wonder we can't get anything done and our country is in the shitter. A real fucking surprise. These idiots could fuck up a handjob.

    Posted by: wtf | May 26, 2010 8:43:51 PM

  4. WTF KB was saying that "....All Military personnel (that means ACTIVE DUTY Personnel) Should come out and stand up for themselves."
    Which if you look at it imagine the thousands of men and women from every branch who could stand in solidarity as Active military with their veteran counterparts! (btw i am a VN era vet)

    Posted by: AlexInBoston | May 26, 2010 8:57:45 PM

  5. Damn these guys are HOT!

    Posted by: Relax, we're just animals | May 27, 2010 2:56:19 AM

  6. I haven't even read the article. I just clicked it because that guy in the green shirt is smokin hott!!! lol

    Posted by: Willie | May 27, 2010 9:27:48 AM

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