Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, who earlier in the week said that DOD wasn’t doing anything at all with regards to the President’s promise to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), yesterday reversed course:
“President Obama has been clear in his direction to Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen that he is committed to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy. He has also been clear that he is committed to do it in a way that is least disruptive to our troops, especially given that they have been simultaneously waging two wars for six years now. Although this will require changes to the law, the Secretary and Chairman are working to address the challenges associated with implementation of the President’s commitment.”
It’s been a bad month for the administration on the DADT issue, including White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, oddly, talking about “reforming” the DADT policy today, as if there’s some middle ground between bigotry and equality (perhaps we split the difference at 4/5ths a man?). But this statement out of the Pentagon is a good sign. It’s a sign that the Pentagon understands that it doesn’t run the commander in chief, and it’s a sign that the White House is beginning to understand the depth of the angst, doubt, and anger many are feeling over the uncertain future of President Obama’s many promises to gay Americans.
This doesn’t mean we’ve won. It means we’re finally taking a step in the right direction.