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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sestak draws a bead on McCain over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Earlier this week, I noted that one of the distinguishing characteristics of Senate candidate Joe Sestak is the way he invokes his military service in support of a progressive agenda. Here's some more evidence this morning, prompted by Sen. John McCain's opposition to Barack Obama's promise to end "Don't Ask/Don't Tell."

Here's the response of Sestak, a former Navy admiral, to McCain's statement:

As the senior ranking military Veteran in Congress, I am compelled to respond to Sen. McCain's opposition to President Obama's commitment to allowing all American troops to serve their country openly and honestly. How can a policy that has dismissed more than 13,000 trained, able, and honorable American servicemembers -- including upwards of 800 troops with "mission critical" skills, like Arab linguists -- be viewed as successful?

Especially in a time of war, when our military is overstretched and our troops and their families are under unprecedented strain, we cannot afford to lose any more troops that the American people depend on for our national security. I agree with Sen. McCain that our military is the best in the world and the best in our nation's history. That's precisely why I have faith in the leadership capabilities of our officer corps and non-commissioned officers, as well as the dedication, professionalism, and integrity of our troops, to handle this transition without detriment to readiness or capability.

The men and women who wear the cloth of this nation should be entitled to the rights they so heroically defend.

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