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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Quick reax to Senate don't ask don't tell hearings

By Jonathan Capehart

Watching the Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the Pentagon report on the repeal of don't ask don't tell is at once maddening and exhilarating.

Maddening because of the ignorance, stubbornness and willful disregard for the leadership of the military on display. Yes, I'm talking Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and now Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Exhilarating because of the considered comments of other senators. I'm talking about Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). His remarks were befitting a member of the world's most deliberative body. "It is wrong and un-American to discriminate against people because of their orientation," he said. Indeed it is. And it would be wrong and un-American for Republican senators to stand in the way of this shameful policy's demise.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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Ed Hornick (CNN) asks very pertinent questions not addressed so far.

"Will domestic partners receive benefits? Will gays and lesbians get their own military status? What will happen to housing? Will there be separate barracks and facilities? Will the change affect unit cohesion, especially on the battlefield? Will troops opposed to the repeal leave the military in droves?"

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Discriminating" on the basis of sexual orientation is discriminating on the basis of behavior, something everybody does!If a behavior is disruptive and carries with it significant health risks both to the service member and others it makes sense to ban those who engage in such behavior. The main concern for the service in selecting members should be effectiveness not political correctness!

Posted by: shwarrickesq | December 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes Kitchendragon50, troops will leave in droves -- because the primary reason men and women enlist in the armed services is so that they can live freely without having to be near or around known homosexuals.

Posted by: wkristol | December 2, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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