Oklahoma senator and Armed Services Committee member James Inhofe said in a Wednesday interview that soldiers in combat were unwilling to fight for gay and lesbian soldiers also serving in the line of fire.
Inhofe reiterated his opposition to repealing "don't ask, don't tell" during an interview on Focal Point, an American Family Association radio show.
Inhofe also said he opposed Elena Kagan's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court because of her stance on "don't ask, don't tell" when she was dean of Harvard Law School.
Inhofe's DADT remarks:
"For those of us -- and I'm one of them -- who have gone through the military, gone through basic training, and you stop and think -- it just doesn't make any sense. Second of all, it's just not working. You have women, men, then you have a third group to deal with, and they're not equipped to do that.
"And you know -- you hear the stories all the time. A military guy -- I happen to be Army, and Army and Marines always feel that when we're out there, we're not doing it for the flag or the country; we're doing it for the guy in the next foxhole. And that would dramatically change that."