Dick Cheney backs repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Lost in Sunday’s back-and-forth with Vice President Joe Biden over the prosecution of terrorists was this, captured by Politico.com:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush, expressed support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which President Barack Obama has asked Congress to work on this year.

Cheney told ABC’s “This Week” that 20 years ago when he was secretary of defense, the military was a strong advocate of the policy that bans gays from openly serving in the military, but that “things have changed significantly since then” and he anticipates that ultimately “the policy will be changed.”

“I think society has moved on,” Cheney said the policy shift is partly “a generational question.”

Cheney cited support for repeal from Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as reason that he believes it’s time to “reconsider” the policy, and he disagreed with some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in saying that he would not question the military’s advice on the matter.

Here’s the video, also posted by Politico:

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.

17 comments Add your comment

mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

February 14th, 2010
10:16 pm

I’m sure his daughter being a lesbo has nothing to do with it. Jeeze, this is just like Newt being quiet about Bill and Monica because he was accused of having an affair at the time. WEAK, very weak, Dick.

mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

February 14th, 2010
10:57 pm

Jim, it must stink that no one looks at your bs column…………………

TnGelding

February 14th, 2010
11:46 pm

Who cares what Cheney thinks? Or his daughter(s)? He’s just trying to influence the jury pool(s).

Don’t ask, don’t tell. And don’t drop the soap!

CS

February 15th, 2010
12:03 am

He’s held the view of equal rights for gays and lesbians for years. Including during the VP debates in 2000 and 2004.
I think it’s great that he has supported his daughter. Others don’t and haven’t. They’ve been close. That’s great.

Gator Nation

February 15th, 2010
1:13 am

CS…..What in the world are you talking about? Nobody was more duplicitous that Dick Cheney having a gay daughter and running a campaign (2004) that’s central plank was the defense of marriage bull crap. He helped use a wedge issue to win the whitehouse when he clearly didn’t personally believe in it. Talk about selling your soul. Cheney is morally bankrupt.

maximum

February 15th, 2010
2:06 am

mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm:

It’s okay buddy, you can come out of the closet now. Like Dick Cheney said, “society has moved on.”

GOP Gubber

February 15th, 2010
5:21 am

Newt quiet about Bill and Monica? That guy had a stock pile of stones to throw, along with the rest of the hypocritical GOP.

DLink

February 15th, 2010
5:27 am

The military has never cared nor does about civilian OPINIONS. I’ve seen more straight men and women persecuted out of revenge than gays in the military… This is a fantasy of civilians more than anything, yet a perception that must be dealt with. The don’t ask don’t tell policy allayed public fears that were never existing in the military, yet the public perception could change that. It still could. When you’re shoulder to shoulder holding up the world like Atlas, the question of sexual orientation never makes it into the equation.

So whenever this subject raises its ugly head, know that the military could care less what you think about. Society’s perversions are meaningless on the field of battle. Meaningless. When we come home we have to deal with that and much more… Don’t overburden us.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

Jack

February 15th, 2010
5:29 am

Acceptance of behaviour that’s always been foreign to me seems to be necessary in order to keep the caravan moving.

Sic semper tyrannis

February 15th, 2010
6:22 am

Personally, if our military is going to be operating within our borders, I’d prefer they WERE gay. At least then our daughters would be safe from rape. Wonder if the military has “moved on” from the Bush/Cheney repeal of posse comitatus act in the defense appropriations bill of 2007, which states, in part:

The President may employ the armed forces… to… restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition… the President determines that… domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order… or [to] suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such… a condition… so hinders the execution of the laws… that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law… or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.

Those of you who say “It can’t happen here” better look again: it’s happening with increasing frequency. Obama is as big an abuser of civil rights than the previous idiots.

REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

Bitter EX democrackkk

February 15th, 2010
6:56 am

Whatever happened to Larry Sinclair? …oh yeah…dont ask, dont tell!

(where’s the REAL birth certificate and all the other sealed documents?)

williebkind

February 15th, 2010
9:28 am

Its not about homosexuals serving in the military but rather an effort to make homosexuality NORMAL! Not for me.

Walter

February 15th, 2010
9:37 am

Fortunately I was brought up in a household of acceptance. Unfortunately it seems we have a generation of Conservatives who are raising children to believe that they are right, they are the real Americans and then there is everyone else. This behavior and attitude would continue the decline of this country that began with the administration of Bush / Cheney. We can only hope their children realize that doing what’s best for the few does not help the many.

There is no difference between straight and gay people accept for the people they choose to love. Just as there is no difference between people because of the color of their skin.

professional skeptic

February 15th, 2010
9:49 am

I suppose he did this just to avoid being painted as a hypocritically hypocritical hypocrite with a triple scoop of hypocrisy and fudge and sprinkles on top.

tc

February 15th, 2010
11:25 am

backs might be a bad choice of words

Bill Orvis White

February 16th, 2010
6:21 pm

I’m shocked and saddened. The Honorable Vice President Cheney is right on everything except this issue. It’s important that we keep our military the best it can be. It cannot be at its best when its members are compromised by those who have a long history of engaging in debauchery. See Studio 54 with its many nights of unlimited sexual and drug activity. See the San Francisco gay bathhouses where AIDS started. See the gay clubs over there in Midtown Atlanta which was just raided and what did your police find? Gays having rough sex in the back. This will happen in our armed forces if we allow this to happen. Now, I love the gays. The secret here is that they can be fixed — not in the doctors’ offices, but in our churches and synagogues. Before there was 1960s Doctor Spock psychobabble, nature had the last word on this subject. Nature says that procreation is necessary to our survival on this great planet. The only way we could procreate is to enforce marriage between man and woman. In essence, the gay lifestyle goes against nature — always has since the beginning of time. The conclusion here is that choosing to be gay is a sickness — very much like syphillis or pink eye. OK, I hear the politically correct crowd roaring about my correct conclusions — which are supported by millions of people. I’m a good man who can take the criticism. Again, I love the gays and I want to help. I’m sorry, but Mr. Cheney is wrong on this because his daughter is sick. I guess Mr. Cheney and his gorgeous bride are not interested in fixing their daughter and their decision on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is clouding their judgment and for that, I forgive the Vice President. But, I love your Senator Chambliss. He is very right on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. All one has to do is look at how the gays have behaved in history with their raunchy parades and flamboyant ways. The military needs to take the sexual debauchery, drugging and drinking out of their strong system. I fear for our safety and future. God Bless and Amen, Bill

mike

February 17th, 2010
4:15 am

Nice comments from a man who successfully used every deferment in the book to stay out of the military while everyone was being drafted. As vet I have no problem what a man does in his private time. I am more concerned that he shoot his weapon when we are under fire. And I mean not in my face like someone we all know would probably do.