Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Republican attacks Kagan stance on military recruiters on campus

All of a sudden Kagen respects and reveres the military? Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has the details of what happened from the military services she banned so her comments fly in the face of the military recruiters. We will side with Sessions and the military recruiters on this one.

Is Kagen going to give honest answers to questions or is she going to spin like her former boss Bill Clinton? Time will tell but today her answers reminded us of Clintonian spin.

Republican attacks Kagan stance on military recruiters on campus

By Sean Lengell
11:09 a.m., Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday defended her position to restrict military recruiter access to Harvard Law School while she was dean, telling a Senate panel she always acted within the law.

But Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama attacked Miss Kagan's argument, saying that it was "unconnected to reality."

The debate took place during the second day of an expected week-long confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee.

Miss Kagan said she never barred recruiters from campus. Rather, she said she let the school's military veterans association sponsor recruiters instead of the school.

Miss Kagan said the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy against allowing gays and lesbians to serve opening in the military clashed with the school's anti-discrimination policy.

"The military had full access to our students, both before I became dean and after I became dean," said Miss Kagan, 50, who now serves as the U.S. Solicitor General, the federal government's top litigator before the Supreme Court.

She said she personally disagrees with the 'don't ask, don't tell' rule but that she admires the military.

"I respect and indeed I revere the military," said Miss Kagan, who added that her father served in the military. "I always tried to make sure I conveyed my honor for the military."

But Mr. Sessions said the nominee's response was disingenuous and questioned whether her actions created a hostile atmosphere toward recruiters and treated them in a "second-class way."

"The Air Force and the Army says they were blocked, they were stonewalled, they were getting the run-around from Harvard," Mr. Sessions says. "I feel like you mishandled that, I'm absolutely confident you did."

Washington Times

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