It’s time that President Obama fire Marine Commandant General James Amos.
Amos is way out of line in his opposition to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says it’s time to end the policy. The Secretary of Defense says it’s time to end the policy. His Commander in Chief says it’s time to end the policy. That’s not just the official administration policy. That’s the military policy, which he is bound by oath to follow.
Yet Amos continues to speak out against the policy. And not just before congressional committees. He told reporters yesterday that allowing gays to serve in the military would actually cause service members to lose their legs in battle, because they’d be so “distracted” by having gay troops serving beside them.
That is not only total nonsense. That is pure insubordination. That constitutes a refusal to obey orders of his commanding officers for which, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, General Amos could be tried and found guilty.
President Obama didn’t hesitate to fire General Stanley McCrystal when he made disparaging comments about both the president and vice-president.
He should not hesitate now to fire General James Amos.
That’s my parting shot for today.