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Army Chief of Staff Casey: I Have "Serious Concerns" About Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

6:45 PM, Feb 23, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said at a Senate hearing today on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

"I do have serious concerns about the impact of a repeal of the law on a force that is fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight-and-a-half years. We just don't know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness."

Casey's concerns confirm that the leadership of the military is not currently united in support of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Not that some in the mainstream media are eager to report that.

Update: No sooner do I take a swipe at the mainstream media, than the New York Times reports that that the Air Foce Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz also expressed concerns Tuesday about repeal: "This is not the time to perturb the force that is, at the moment, stretched by demands in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere without careful deliberation."

My earlier point about the mainstream media reporters (at the Washington Post and the Atlantic) was that they had wrongfully rushed to beat John McCain over the head with Admiral Mullen's statement in support of repealing DADT. McCain had said a couple years back that he would seriously consider supporting repeal if the leadership of the military favored that; therefore, the reporters reasoned, McCain had to support repeal because Mullen did, and if McCain didn't support repeal he was a flip-flopper.

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