The Army is not a sociological laboratory; to be effective it must be organized and trained according to the principles which will insure success. Experiments to meet the wishes and demands of the champions of every race and creed for the solution of their problems are a danger to efficiency, discipline and morale and would result in ultimate defeat.
a) John McCain?
b) Phyllis Shaffly?
c) Col. Eugene R. Householder?
Well, it wasn't John McCain. He said about the anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy:
The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it."That was in 2006. Now the last three Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including the current one, all support the repeal of DADT, he's said
At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy."A double reverse back-flip. But no cigar.
And it wasn't Phyllis Shaffly. She said
The primary purpose of the armed forces is to prevail in combat, not to engage in leftist social engineering."That's pretty close. But not close enough.
No, the guernsey goes to Col. Eugene R. Householder, addressing a gathering of Negro Editors and Publishers the day after Pearl Harbor, to tell them that the Army couldn't Integrate now.
More on that subject at Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 by Morris J. MacGregor, Jr. Published by the Center of Military History, United States Army.