Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, as committee staff members are receiving a briefing on the Armed Services Don't Ask Don't Tell survey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP)

McCain: Study on gay soldiers is flawed

The Republican Senator's statement puts him at odds with Adm. Mike Mullen, the military's top uniformed officer


Anne Flaherty
December 2, 2010 8:01PM (UTC)

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain says a new Pentagon study on gays serving openly in the military is flawed and shouldn't be used to leverage a reversal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

McCain's statement, given Thursday at a Senate hearing, puts him at odds with Adm. Mike Mullen, the military's top uniformed officer. Mullen was expected to tell McCain and others on the Senate Armed Services Committee that "war does not stifle change" but rather "demands it."

Advertisement:

McCain said he still has concerns about objections among some combat troops to repealing the policy. He also criticized the study for looking only at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.


Anne Flaherty

MORE FROM Anne Flaherty

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Don't Ask Don't Tell U.s. Military

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •