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Republican Jon Kyl: DADT Repeal Could Cost Lives

Republican Senator Jon Kyl appeared on FOX News Sunday this morning and told host Chris Wallace that the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" could cost American lives.

Wallace asked him to explain the difference between allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the armed forces and racial integration of the military. That's when Kyl ranted about lives being put at stake once the repeal goes into effect:

"From a constitutional stand point, this is not a constitutional right or a constitutional issue as was the issue of racial segregation. I frankly have to follow the lead of people like the commandant of the Marine Corps, like my colleague John McCain, who say when it comes especially to the small units who do the fighting on the ground, that the US Marine Corps, the Army combat troops, who according to the survey taken by the pentagon were 60 percent opposed to this. It could disrupt the unit cohesion. As the commandant said, cost lives. That means a lot to me."

"With regard to the US military, itself, it's got one function. That is to fight and fight well. And maybe to die. And the people who are responsible for that need to make a judgment about whether this will inhibit their ability to carry out that ultimate job that we ask them to do...I look at the combat fighters, the units on the ground...and they say this could cost lives."

Watch a clip of his nonsensical explanation here.

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  1. Amazing that our leaders openly admit that our armed forces are lesser than the 38 other countries that ended their bans with no problems. Guess we really don't have the best military in the world.

    Posted by: LiamB | Dec 19, 2010 1:13:10 PM

  2. McCain is old and possibly (UI'm being charitable) losing it mentally.

    AZ's junior Senator still has a functioning brain cell or two and oughta know better.

    Sheesh, here in AZ we get a mentally incompetent bigot or a mentally competent one.

    Posted by: JakeSFExPat | Dec 19, 2010 1:30:52 PM

  3. If gay people are so distracting that we cost lives, why not just let us all join and put us across enemy lines so that we can scare the other side?

    Republicans (or bigots, for the most part it is interchangeable) are such fearmongers. The idea that people will "die" without explanation is so dumb.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 19, 2010 1:47:17 PM

  4. don't have to watch these clips anymore!
    done deal. thanks for playing. don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    Posted by: shanesoho | Dec 19, 2010 1:51:18 PM

  5. I'd be more worried about the straight people who are constantly distracted by gayness to actually be a hazard to fellow soldiers. They seem to be the ones who would be causing the death/injury and should probably be discharged. Jeesh.

    Posted by: hodzer | Dec 19, 2010 1:52:38 PM

  6. What the hell is going on in Arizona? Is it the heat? Can we sell this state?

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Dec 19, 2010 1:53:48 PM

  7. One would think they'd simply drop these silly arguments at this point and just say 'the people have spoken through their elected representatives' and STFU. There is NO WAY its 'distracting' to see someone you know is gay. Bullshit arguments on Friday are still bullshit on Sunday. How embarrassing for the Reps.

    How is they find two people to agree with that its bad, whilst the remainder of the leaders are fine with it, along with over 70% of the military. They are such tired liard.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 19, 2010 1:54:34 PM

  8. I'm at a loss for words. The only Republican member of the Arizona Congressional delegation that I respect is Congressman Jeff Flake Senator Kyl - Don't ASK for my won't be getting it.

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Dec 19, 2010 1:56:07 PM

  9. No 'how' or 'why' from these Republicans on the issue... only DOOOOOOOOOM! It's a very intellectual stance indeed.

    Posted by: Drew | Dec 19, 2010 2:05:23 PM

  10. Blogs or news shows that feature those people really ruin my day. Now I just use my TV for Airplay.
    I think Arizona is now dying and drying up. It will be blown away soon enough.

    Posted by: barney | Dec 19, 2010 2:10:18 PM

  11. He follows "the lead" of the head of the Marines but not the Secretary of Defense, who is the marine commandant's boss.

    If we did that, Kyl would say we are disloyal Americans and need to learn to respect the chain of command in the military.

    Not that I would ever say that about him.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Dec 19, 2010 2:10:57 PM

  12. I hope both that man and Fox news choke on their poisonous lies.

    Posted by: Mikey B. | Dec 19, 2010 2:17:52 PM

  13. Actually, Senator Kyle, wars are likely to cost lives. The issue is decided. The clock is not going to turn back. Move on.

    Posted by: Justin Werner | Dec 19, 2010 2:19:52 PM

  14. Guys you screamed and you bitched at Obama, now...please take all that restless energy to fight the GOP you

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 19, 2010 2:26:57 PM

  15. I think it's safe to say that kicking qualified people out of the military is what negatively impacts battle effectiveness. That is the detriment that would cost lives. Thank goodness repeal is finally on track for implementation.

    Posted by: Matthew | Dec 19, 2010 2:34:33 PM

  16. Gay people have been in the military throughout its existence. Why should people freak out if a few individuals speak honestly about themselves?

    Posted by: John | Dec 19, 2010 2:39:10 PM

  17. Al Quaeda, the Taliban, insurgents, and terrorists - they all pale in comparison with the unnerving fear of knowing there is a gay person in the unit ready to pounce.

    Posted by: sandman | Dec 19, 2010 2:48:41 PM

  18. Sending people into COMBAT risks lives.

    If risking lives is bad... you've got your obvious answer staring in you in the face.

    Posted by: jexer | Dec 19, 2010 2:58:23 PM

  19. I kept thinking I was reading about the werewolves coming out at night (vampires or zombies, take your pick) and not about sexual orientation. This is just freaking weird to hear people talk about, since gays have been living with straights for years!

    Posted by: Dawn | Dec 19, 2010 2:59:47 PM

  20. "What the hell is going on in Arizona? Is it the heat? Can we sell this state?"

    Old conservative white bigots from all over the country go there to retire.

    Posted by: RedCedar | Dec 19, 2010 3:11:56 PM

  21. Anyone who complains about Obama's "failure" to act on our behalf should take a look at this and remember that this is the face of the alternative, the republicans at their "best".

    Posted by: Reggie | Dec 19, 2010 3:13:47 PM

  22. If these "statesmen" had any shame then in a decade, after all their ugly fantasizing had been shown to be just that and no more, they'd be abjectly apologizing for having been such vile pieces of s**t to American patriots for so long.

    Unfortunately we all know how likely that is to happen..........

    Posted by: RedCedar | Dec 19, 2010 3:16:48 PM

  23. This is my senator. I just fired off an email reminding him that while gay soldiers have fought and died in his wars, that he loves so very much, he has never served a day in the military.

    What a coward.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 19, 2010 3:54:41 PM

  24. Kyl and McShame are the ones who are putting our troops at risk, with their bigoted opinions. I worry that there will be a period of testing when such rhetoric will set the stage for bully behavior directed toward gays and lesbians in the military by dim-witted Christian knuckleheads. There are clergy who think God is really a 4-letter word: H-A-T-E, when it comes to homosexuals.

    Posted by: bs facts | Dec 19, 2010 3:55:23 PM

  25. Touching that Sen Kyl is so worried about such things. I wonder if he cares that gay-bullying DEMONSTRABLY costs lives?

    I also can't help wondering if Kyl ever voiced a similar sentiment when Cheney, Rove & Co outted Valerie Plame.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 19, 2010 4:22:26 PM

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