So tired of Dick:
KARL: And you think that’s a good thing? I mean, is it time to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military?
CHENEY: Well, I think the society has moved on. I think it’s partly a generational question. I say I’m reluctant to second-guess the military in this regard because they’re the ones who have got to make the judgment about how these policies affect the military capability of our, of our units. And that first requirement that you have to look at all the time is whether they’re still capable of achieving their mission and does the policy change i.e. putting gays in the force, affect their ability to perform their mission. When the chiefs come forward and say we think we can do it, then it strikes me that it’s time to reconsider the policy. And I think Admiral Mullen’s said that.
Don’t be fooled. Cheney sees the writing on the wall, and this is a win/win/win position for him, not a moral conviction. He gets to be on the right side of history (Even Dick Cheney supported gays in the military!), he gets to look prescient (because DADT is going to go down), and most of all, the Democrats are going to be the ones to do it, so Cheney doesn’t have to piss of his base and the GOP can still continue to demagogue against homosexuals. As we speak, somewhere, GOP operatives are figuring out how to best use a repeal of DADT against the Democrats.
If Dick Cheney really cared about homosexuals, they would have done something during the last eight years to stop the discharge of qualified persons while we fought two wars. If Dick Cheney actually cared, he would have spoken up and resigned in outrage as his administration led the assault on homosexuals with the FMA. And yes, I know his daughter is a lesbian.
*** Update ***
Yes- I am fully aware that idiots who presumably call themselves left-wingers are, as we speak, saying this makes Cheney better on gay issues than Democrats. I’m just pretending they don’t exist.