Straight Talk From Top Enlisted Marine on ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal

  • metta

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    Jun 21, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    Straight Talk From Top Enlisted Marine on ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal


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    “Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is pretty simple,” he told a group of Marines at a base in South Korea. “It says, ‘Raise an army.’ It says absolutely nothing about race, color, creed, sexual orientation.

    “You all joined for a reason: to serve,” he continued. “To protect our nation, right?”

    “Yes, sergeant major,” Marines replied.

    “How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble?” Sgt. Maj. Barrett continued, raising his voice just a notch. “Right?”

    Sgt. Maj. Barrett then described conversations with U.K. troops, who saw a similar ban lifted a decade ago, with little disruption. And to drive the point home, he produced a pocket copy of the Constitution.

    “Get over it,” he said. “We’re magnificent, we’re going to continue to be. … Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.”
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    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/21/straight-talk-from-top-enlisted-marine-on-dont-ask-repeal/
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    Along these lines, should the UK be concerned there has yet to be an open active Marine since the MoD repealed their ban?
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    Jun 22, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Finally a Marines' Marine.. its about time!
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    Jun 22, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    JDean saidAlong these lines, should the UK be concerned there has yet to be an open active Marine since the MoD repealed their ban?



    Why would that concern them?
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    Jun 22, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I say HOO-AH! Although, hearing "compassion" coming out of a marine kinda made me giggle.