U of I Grad in Hot Seat at Capitol Hill Confirmation Hearing



Gen. James Amos, a University of Idaho alumnus, was being grilled on Capitol Hill this morning. He's facing questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, considering his nomination as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

If confirmed, Amos would lead more than 200,000 active duty and 39,000 reserve marines.


When he was a young man, a school counselor warned Amos' parents that they should be concerned that their son might become a "beach bum." Things changed dramatically when he enrolled at the University of Idaho in the late 1960s. He entered the Navy ROTC program, graduated with a degree in finance in 1970 and went on to a military career in the Navy and Marines.

When questioned by Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, Amos said he fully supported President Obama's policy of setting July 2011 as the beginning of the reduction of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"I absolutely agree that this needs to be a conditions-based effort."

When asked about the hot-topic of the president's call to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Amos walked a political tightrope.

"I do not recommend its appeal," Amos testified. "But if the law is changed, the Marine Corps will follow through."


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