Tauscher upbraids Joint Chiefs Chairman

tauscher1.jpgRep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, who chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, opened a small can of whupp-butt this morning upon U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who in a newspaper interview Monday had likened homosexual acts to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces. Said Tauscher:

“I am disturbed and disgusted by General Pace’s most recent comments on morality. I cannot accept that a man who has played a critical role in carrying out a war without a plan, without an exit strategy, and in which our servicemen and women were sent to fight without proper body armor and armored vehicles, has any standing to judge what should be considered moral.

“It is appalling that while the President is promoting sending more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would attack gay and lesbian members of our armed forces who are second-to-none in their bravery, sacrifice and commitment to serving America. General Pace owes an apology to all men and women in uniform; he should tell them that their service is deeply valued by our nation regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Pace now says he should’ve focused more in the interview on the Defense Department policy about gays and “less on my personal moral views,” but has not offered an apology.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.