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Amos: Marines Will 'Step Out Smartly' to Implement Repeal of DADT

Mentioned briefly in the NYT article I linked to earlier this morning on implementation of 'DADT' repeal was an excerpt of a statement by Marine Commandant General James Amos.

Amos The Stars and Stripes blog has posted his full statement, sent out on Sunday evening, in which the Commandant, who prior to the Senate vote warned of Marines losing legs in battle over the "distraction" of open gays serving beside them, promises to faithfully carry out repeal.

Amos' statement:

"Fidelity is the essence of the United States Marine Corps. Above all else, we are loyal to the Constitution, our Commander in Chief, Congress, our Chain of Command, and the American people. The House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to repeal Title 10, US Code 654 'Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the United States Armed Forces.' As stated during my testimony before Congress in September and again during hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month, the Marine Corps will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new policy. I, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, will personally lead this effort, thus ensuring the respect and dignity due all Marines. On this matter, we look forward to further demonstrating to the American people the discipline and loyalty that have been the hallmark of the United States Marine Corps for over 235 years."

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  1. I really don't trust this guy, and I feel really insecure about how they are going to implement the repeal.

    I hope they follow the suggestions from the report closely. But, I'll be disappointed if there is language missing in the anti-discrimination clause.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 20, 2010 12:38:09 PM

  2. That's the job of military commanders in the US -- to obey their civilian masters without question. "Yessir" is all that should come from his mouth.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Dec 20, 2010 12:52:12 PM

  3. That's how it's done. Carry on.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Dec 20, 2010 12:54:16 PM

  4. Sounds like someone didn't want to lose their job.

    Posted by: Jason Knight | Dec 20, 2010 12:54:16 PM

  5. @Jason Knight, it sounds like a Marine. They obey their orders, end of story.

    Posted by: naughtylola | Dec 20, 2010 12:58:03 PM

  6. What an idiot.

    Posted by: justme | Dec 20, 2010 1:00:44 PM

  7. I'd expect nothing more and nothing less from the Marine Corps. Let's just hope their implementation meets the repeal expectations AND in a timely manner for all current and future gay, lesbian and bisexual Marines.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 20, 2010 1:04:24 PM

  8. He should resign. Or, well, he should be replaced as soon as possible instead. This guy played all his money on the losing cards. And it’s time to pay.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Dec 20, 2010 1:04:50 PM

  9. There is a Jason Knight who was discharged from the Navy TWICE for being gay, and is one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit recently filed by SLDN. So if the comment was by him, I'm confidant he knows what Marines are SUPPOSED to do, thank you, and Amos has already made enough outrageous, even hysterical homophobic comments that he should be fired...or ORDERED to apologize to gay Marine Eric Alva who lost his leg in Iraq, and symbolically to every honorable gay or lesbian Marine who has ever served or still does.

    Posted by: | Dec 20, 2010 1:05:03 PM

  10. This is how it's done folks. Sure, Gen Amos voiced his opinion when asked for it by Congress. However, the decision has now been made, DADT is gone, and he will execute/implement repeal with the full professionalism and integrity that his oath demands. 1LT Dan Choi...please take note.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 20, 2010 1:05:27 PM

  11. He may not like the order, but he'll fallow it like a real Marine.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Dec 20, 2010 1:05:31 PM

  12. @ naughtylola I don't discount that at all. I just find it funny that it comes right after his commander tells him to apologize or resign.

    President Obama:
    It is offensive, outrageous and false for General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to claim that Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal would lead to soldiers dying and losing their limbs. General Amos needs to either apologize or resign immediately.

    Posted by: Jason Knight | Dec 20, 2010 1:09:08 PM

  13. That’s more like it, soldier.

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 20, 2010 1:11:32 PM

  14. I can't believe this guy was not taken to task for speaking out as he did last week, speaking out of turn directly contradicting President Obama, and has not been asked to resign. I have to wonder why this man was even given this commission in the first place.

    The marines is one of the most unprofessional fighting forces in the world . . . obviously, since they reflect the unprofessional leadership of Amos.

    I suppose Obama, after all his nonsense, will think that he deserves full props now that DADT has been repealed, and while I am very, very happy that DADT has been repealed, Obama is far from being the fierce advocate he said he would be.

    I really wonder what Obama's idea of fierceness is. My idea would be that after the last Marine Commandant, he would not have appointed someone like this general to usher in the new era of post-DADT.

    I am certain there are likely to be growing pangs from the repeal. We are, after all, dealing with little boys in the bodies of men, and gays are likely going to be made to suffer under this general as the homophobes under his command, encouraged by his example, push back against change.

    Thank you, Obama, for your great leadership.


    Posted by: Ricco | Dec 20, 2010 1:15:13 PM

  15. Gee, how serious are his underlings going to take his warm and fuzzy orders to be nice (wink wink) to the gayz when they know his true feelings are that HOMOseckshuls will cause you to lose life and limb?? Can anyone doubt that he may publicly act as if he is on board but privately will be smearing and defaming us at every turn?
    He should be replaced.

    Posted by: StillMarriedinCalifornia | Dec 20, 2010 1:21:42 PM

  16. It is surprising that people actually think that this unprofessional idiot, after showing his Ar*e will now suddenly become professional.

    He was way out of line in how he spoke out, very unprofessional. He will not suddenly become professional and "smartly" implement DADT, just because he is a marine.

    If he, and other marines were half as principled as they proclaim, from the beginning DADT is something they would have found unacceptable, the idea of any marine among them living a lie, pretending to be something they were not.

    Frank Herbert, in his classic science fiction novels, the Dune series. had an all female army, because according to the mythology, men made up for an inefficient military as they were consumed with homophobia, and not able to fully focus.

    Herbert showed amazing insight into problem with our fighting forces. So, it is difficult for me to think that General Amos is capable of ding anything efficiently or smartly where DADT is concerned.

    Posted by: Ricco | Dec 20, 2010 1:32:04 PM

  17. agree that he should be IMMEDIATELY replaced. if they actually want discrimination against LGBT in the military to end.

    Posted by: me | Dec 20, 2010 1:36:21 PM

  18. Jason Knight, Obama didn't tell Amos to apologize or resign. That quote was Americablog urging the President to do so.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 20, 2010 1:50:19 PM

  19. Confidence and trust in him as a leader will depend on how professionally, efficiently, and completely he gets this done. Frankly, coming up with a million special particular rules for gays is not the answer, and I hope he realizes that.

    Posted by: X | Dec 20, 2010 1:54:57 PM

  20. @Dastius duly noted. Though the sentiment remains.

    Posted by: Jason Knight | Dec 20, 2010 1:55:44 PM

  21. I'm really pissed about Gen. Amos and Sen. McCain's statements that repealing DADT would lead to Marines losing their limbs. Will someone in the mainstream media please interview former Staff Sgt. Eric Alva about what he thinks of these remarks? He was the first U.S. Marine to be injured in Iraq; he's openly gay, and lost his right leg to a landmine. It's sad to think that so-called leaders who are this homophobic and ignorant have any say involving our brave men and women in the military.

    Posted by: WWNYC | Dec 20, 2010 2:05:05 PM

  22. He may or may not like the policy, but he understands his place in the grand scheme of things. That's exactly what everyone means by strong leadership, and without a doubt, that statement was as clear as if he was giving the orders directly to his troops.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Dec 20, 2010 2:12:03 PM

  23. In my personal experience Marine's always have "stepped out smartly" when they got into their man on man action.

    As part of their code - Marines have long been known to get down with each other instead of local ladies.

    DADT put a crimp on that ..... the new era of hotel romps should be quite fun.

    And yes --- there will be fights for top.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 20, 2010 2:24:59 PM

  24. Anyone else read that with a Jack Nicolson accent?

    Posted by: JNJ | Dec 20, 2010 2:28:22 PM

  25. @ WWNYC
    Rachel already did on 12/15

    Posted by: Dawn | Dec 20, 2010 2:37:04 PM

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