Sen. Graham Wants Military Commanders’ Input On Whether Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Will Hurt Recruitment

February 16, 2010 06:37

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy

( – While the Obama administration is pushing to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy regarding homosexuals in the military, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told that he wants to hear from military commanders and not from politicians regarding the issue, and added that he will not make a “political decision” to “reward a political movement.”
On Capitol Hill, asked Sen. Graham, ‘Will officially allowing gays in the military hurt recruitment, in your opinion,  or will it help recruitment?”
Graham said, “Well, you know, that’s a question I’d like to hear from our military commanders. A couple of questions about changing the policy, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – Is it coming from within the ranks or are the people in the military suggesting it be changed, or is it a political decision?”
“And if you do change it, how would it affect recruiting and retention?” said Graham. “And these are the things I think they will be studying for the next year. So, my view of it is, it has worked. And if you can show me a rational reason to change it – (from) the military commanders — I certainly will listen.”

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