Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Congressman John Tierney Double-Speak on Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT)

congressman john tierney doublespeak on dadt, don't ask don't tell
In a recent article titled, "Tierney, Hudak answer 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" on "Wicked Local: Ipswich", Congressman John Tierney and his rapidly gaining challenger, Bill Hudak (6th Congressional District of Massachusetts), were both asked what they thought of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rule.

Bill Hudak answered in a straightforward manner,
Only if the military can be certain that it will not undermine our military preparedness. The policy does not prohibit military service by anyone.
bill hudak on dadt, don't ask don't tell
Liberal commenters, naturally, tried to spin it by saying, "Wrong, Mr. Hudak, people who admit they are gay are prevented."  To the bleeding heart, that might seem true but, speaking from logic, Mr. Hudak is correct in his straightforwardness -- no one can be prevented.  If one breaks the military's rule, they can be penalized but, otherwise, there is no preventing against service.  Gays won't be asked about their sexuality, and if they do not offer it up, they can serve.  No prevention.

Admittedly, it might not be fair that gays can't openly admit their sexuality but if the accusation is that the rule PREVENTS gays from serving, it does not.  Despite the seeming unfairness, gays who don't admit their sexuality are able to serve.

But in comes incumbent Congressman John Tierney with a typical round of "political doublespeak",
I support repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As we work toward that goal, Secretary Gates is conducting an internal Defense Department review to confirm that the repeal will not impact military readiness, recruitment and retention.
In other words, John Tierney wants the benefit of saying he supports repealing it but, immediately after, he makes it conditional by tying it to Secretary Gates' internal Defense Department review.  You can't be for repealing it, or working toward that goal, if the Secretary determines a negative impact.  So, if Secretary Gates' internal review determines that a repeal of DADT will "impact military readiness, recruitment, and detention", then, in the warm, fuzzy, two-faced vernacular of Tierney's liberal counterpart, Sen. John Kerry....

....Congressman John Tierney will have been
FOR repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Or, perchance you see things quite differently?  If so, do tell!


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