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12/13/2010

On DADT, Byrd successor's excuses just don't fly

by Jeremy Hooper

Newly elected U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is still trying to explain why he supports DADT repeal, but didn't support DADT repeal, but will support DADT repeal at some point:

ManchinMANCHIN: Again, I was only here three weeks…didn’t know much about the issue. It’s something that probably will be, it needs to be repealed and it will be repealed. But I was voting, basically on timeliness. I sat on two meetings of armed services both telling me, ‘it should be on our time table, not legislative time table.’ So I voted to let the military have it on their timetable….I made a decision based on that. [...]

What they were saying was, ‘we got fronts, we got a war in Afghanistan, we got 50 percent of our troops deployed, can you not wait until we get out of this?’

Manchin Supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal, But Will Vote Against It Until World Peace Is Achieved [Wonk Room - TP]

Wait until we get out of war before we stop discharging soldiers who could help us get out of said war? That's not actual war strategy, Sen. Manchin: It's contrived "culture war" reasoning!

But soon there could be one more vote on repeal. A chance for redemption. A chance for putting principle before politics and security before talking points. A chance to drop ridiculous "timeliness" arguments and end an anti-American ban that should've been kiboshed over a decade ago.

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Joe Manchin (D-WV): 202-224-3954

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