McCAIN: 264,000 MAY QUIT MILITARY
By: Edward P. Shallow
This editorial will shed a different light on the issue, consider: three top commanders warn Senate: Do not accept open homosexuality, reject ‘reprogramming’
Writing in WorldNet Daily, Brian Fitzpatrick indicates As the commanders of the Army, Air Force and Marines cautioned the U. S. Senate against abruptly repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, critics are also warning that accepting open homosexuality and pro-homosexual “reprogramming” could drive massive numbers of troops out of the service.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz pointed out during the first day of the Armed Services Committee hearings that according to a recent survey conducted for the Pentagon repealing DADT could create an “alarming” troop retention problem at a time when the military is already shorthanded.
Said McCain, “If 12.6 percent of the military left early, that translates into 264,000 men and women who would leave the military earlier than planned … Do you think that’s a good idea to replace 265,000 troops … in a time of war?”
Military analyst Bob McGinnis, a retired Army Lt. colonel and senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, said the real numbers could exceed a half million. McGinnis told WND, “If you add in the number who said they might leave, you get 23.7 percent. That would be 528,000 when you count both active duty and reserves.
McGinnis in addressing what he called the “skewed” survey indicated, “I don’t think people understand how they have spun these numbers. Is the survey biased, the way they combined their percentages – they say 50 to 55 percent of the troops support repeal, but that is not true? The big slice of that 55 percent is mixed, some positive, some negative.” The truth is, it was 30 percent negative, and 15 to 20 percent positive.”
Marine Corps commander Gen James Amos acknowledged Friday that a clear majority of combat Marines oppose permitting open homosexuality in the ranks.
“Their message is that the potential exists for disruption of the successful execution of our current combat mission should repeal be implemented at this time,” said Amos.
“If the law is changed, successfully implementing repeal and assimilating openly homosexual Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption at the small unit level,” Amos testified. “It will no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus of preparing units for combat.”
Re-education that is a good term …call it reprogramming… Ever since George Washington the military has been programmed to believe, homosexuals are disruptive to morale and unit cohesiveness and are a readiness problem. You have to expunge all those negative thoughts you have about homosexuality and replace them with what you are told by the chain of command about what is right and wrong.
In addition, most importantly of all, if you have strong religious beliefs you will have cognitive dissonance,
In addition, it will be very difficult to overcome, if that is possible to overcome. The military is ignoring privacy concerns, and you are told you will have to room with a homosexual. Your commander will tell you that you will never be propositioned and your roommate will never leer at you, so your deeply held religious beliefs will be no consequence. At this point, pardon me if I scoff at this assumption, many homosexuals find it impossible to maintain self control, that is likely the reason for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Consider: There is a disproportionate number of evangelicals in the armed forces today. Retention among that population is going to be hit.
Recruitment will be a major concern. The report says enlistment could decline by 7 percent. That is serious. What they do not tell you is we recruit from the south and the mountain states, which have the highest Protestant numbers of any of the states. We also find they come from families with a history of service. The fathers or grandfathers recommend them to join the service. The true patriots that recommend their sons and grandsons are decidedly against these changes.
McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a leader of anti-repeal senators feels there are enough senators to oppose repealing DADT to block a vote on the issue. For the security of our nation, I PRAY GOD McCain does have the required votes not to repeal.
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