Somehow I missed this earlier in the week — apparently former Vice President Dick Cheney, poster child of the conservative Republican movement, has come out against the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist using the phrase “come out” in reference to Dick Cheney.
Asked on ABC’s This Week about the military policy banning acknowledged gays and lesbians from serving, Mr. Cheney said, “When the chiefs come forward and say, ‘We think we can do it,’ then it strikes me as it’s time to reconsider the policy, and I think Adm. Mullen said that.” This, of course, in reference to the multiple Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff vocally supporting the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
This, of course, is similar to what Senator (and former Republican candidate for President) John McCain had to say about the policy: “…the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.”
The difference? Dick Cheney is saying it now, in response to the military leadership actually saying that it’s time to end the policy.
Thanks for taking a reasoned stance on the subject, Mr. Cheney. It was a pleasant surprise.