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Watch: Marine Commandant James Amos Has a Message for Troops Regarding 'DADT' Implementation


You may recall that last year Marine Commandant James Amos expressed strong opposition to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", even suggesting that Marines could lose limbs in combat if they were forced to serve next to gays.

Amos has fallen into line.

In a new video with Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent, Amos urges troops to implement the repeal faithfully while maintaining dignity and respect.

"Above all else we are loyal to the Constitution, our Commander in Chief, Congress, our chain of command and the American people….I want to be clear to all Marines. We will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law. It’s important that we value the diversity, background, culture and skills of all Marines bring to the service of our nation. As we implement repeal, I want leaders at all leaders to re-emphasize the important of maintaining dignity and respect for one another throughout our force."


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  1. To realize how profound this is, imagine John McCain making a video to explain to Republicans why DADT repeal can and should be implemented because we're all Americans!

    Yeah, this video truly is that good, and it proves that when it comes to honor and duty, our military can usually run circles around our politicians.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jan 31, 2011 12:53:16 PM

  2. OohRah!!! Semper Fi!

    Posted by: Leesa Nixon | Jan 31, 2011 1:01:01 PM

  3. Now that's how a Marine should handle it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 31, 2011 1:02:04 PM

  4. Wasn't so hard, was it?

    Posted by: D Gregory Smith | Jan 31, 2011 1:02:22 PM

  5. should have been the response from all branches of the military 17 years ago

    Posted by: r | Jan 31, 2011 1:15:08 PM

  6. The commandant is a good soldier and, in all likelihood, a good man. He handles something he has reservations about as it should be done. He shows genuine fatherly regard for all his Marines.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Jan 31, 2011 1:19:43 PM

  7. While not denying this is progress, the Palm Center has tied the absolutely unsupportable footdragging on actual repeal [Months? This year? Next year?] to the continued resistance behind the scenes of people like Amos [just as, in 1993, Colin Powell publicly often played nice while doing all he could behind the scenes to successfully torpedo Clinton's effort to lift the ban].

    And his rabidly homophobic and INSANE comments less than two months ago that repeal could literally cost the lives and limbs of Marines are not going to simply be washed away by this.

    Don't believe me? Just read many of the comments about the video at He didn't change THEIR minds.

    Posted by: | Jan 31, 2011 1:22:58 PM

  8. I'm with Michael on this. It isn't an acheivement that he's finally doing the right thing now after doing the wrong thing so strenuously and so publicly for so long. I'm glad he intends to follow his orders, but isn't that the absolute minimum that's required of him? This bigoted fool is no hero.

    Posted by: justme | Jan 31, 2011 1:41:01 PM

  9. We shouldn't ever take for granted living in a country in which the military follows orders from civilians they disagree with. It might be the minimum that's required of him, but we should be grateful every time it happens.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 31, 2011 2:05:25 PM

  10. "....imagine John McCain making a video..."

    Don't compare this man to John McCain. It's insulting. To Amos, that is.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 31, 2011 2:15:55 PM

  11. It's regrettable that more conservatives aren't gracious losers more concerned with a larger shared goal than they are their own ego-mad preeminence.

    It's equally regrettable that LGBTQ people so seldom show similar grace in victory.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 31, 2011 3:15:11 PM

  12. the video sends a message that diversity is a GOOD thing--that all should be respected for the variety of gifts they bring to the corps.

    good for him.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 31, 2011 5:47:07 PM

  13. Although I disagree with his original stand on the issue, I commend Mr. Amos for doing the right thing and stepping up to promote dignity and integrity!

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 31, 2011 7:39:17 PM

  14. OMG is he not afraid of gays more than jihadi anymore?

    Posted by: X | Jan 31, 2011 8:19:00 PM

  15. Amos' buddy seems a little slow...

    Posted by: 11 | Feb 1, 2011 1:24:53 AM

  16. Any veteran of the Vulcan baths in San Diego knows that it is awash with members of the Marines and Navy.

    Same gender affection and sex are right below the surface at all times in our armed forces, so I understand if they're concerned with the effects of it coming forward. To them, it is natural, but just belongs in the shadows. My outrageously handsome friend Tim was never turned down by anybody in the army, ever. The straightest guys would bend for him. (You would, too.) It happens and its everywhere- you just don't talk about it. They are naturally afraid that they are opening the floodgates.

    Gay sex is a guilty pleasure of many, many soldiers (Fully 40 percent of WWII soldiers according to Kinsey, and that has never been refuted.) When mortality hangs over your head, you allow yourself guilty pleasures. It even has its own culture and idioms- ie jarheads are all bottoms. (True, in my experience.) So his concerns about making this a dignified process are, I think, well founded.

    We should remember that the most emphatic homophobic behavior comes from people who dislike their own same-gender desire. (I sure said some things I shouldn't have about out gay men when I was in the closet- God forgive me.)

    This is going to be a bumpy ride, but less so if we can link homophobic reactions to homosexual desire in the public eye.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 1, 2011 4:37:39 AM

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