As for that DADT study, it’s about how the law will be repealed, not whether it will end

There was one positive development in the Q & A with Secretary Gates today. Kerry Eleveld posed a question about the confusion over the purpose of the Pentagon’s DADT study, asking whether it was a study of “how” the law will be repealed or “whether” it will be repealed. For the past few weeks, Republicans on the Hill have tried to portray the study as an examination of whether the law will be repealed. That’s become problematic. Today, Gates was pretty clear that it’s a study about how the law will end:
This begs the question of when the law will be repealed. Unfortunately, the study has been used as a delaying tactic. Gates confirmed today when he said he wants this study finished before Congress acts. That could bring us into next year. And, that is not what the President promised in his State of the Union. Delay does not work to our advantage. The law could be repealed pending completion of the study, an idea proposed by Servicemembers United (“Set End-date / Delayed Implementation”). There are ways to make this work for everyone, but no one at the White House seems interested in making it happen.

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