Newt Gingrich told a soldier who complained about the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during a town hall in Ames, Iowa this afternoon that “you can certainly reverse the president’s position on social engineering in the military” and suggested that the Obama administration has “extraordinary anti-military prejudice”:
GINGRICH: I was underwhelmed when [Secretary of Defense] Leon Panetta proudly announced that 97 percent of the troops have now gone through sensitivity training. Somehow, that’s not why I thought we recruited people to be on active duty. [...] You have to start with the idea that this is an administration of extraordinary anti-military prejudice, that just hides it, okay? I mean, this president is not a commander in chief in any normal sense, he is a politician in chief.
Of course, if Obama’s opposition to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell makes him anti-military, that means that the military is against itself. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the service chiefs, the Secretary of Defense, and the overwhelming majority of servicemembers said that having gays and lesbians serve openly would not undermine unit cohesion or effectiveness.