Earlier today we reported that Barney Frank had said in an interview with the Advocate that the White House was opposed to repealing DADT this year. Barney has now clarified, but boy it’s one hell of a clarification. Barney has now called on the White House to publicly make clear that they support the legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell this year.
On Monday, Rep. Frank’s office sent out the following revision to that statement:
“In a recent interview, I misspoke and garbled my answer to a question posed by reporter Kerry Eleveld. I was trying to cover too many issues at once and, in fact, I did not mean to imply that the Administration has opposed moving forward with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ However, the Administration has been ambiguous about it, and that ambiguity has allowed some to interpret Secretary Gates’ argument for a delay in implementation as a delay in adopting the legislation. I believe that the Administration should make clear that it supports legislative action this year, and that while implementation is being worked out, it will carry out the policy in the way it was originally intended, which would reduce the number of discharges, in my view, by over 90%.”