It’s been 9 days since Congressman Barney Frank went public with his concerns that the White House isn’t fully on board with repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” this year. Barney called on the White House to come clean, and tell us whether they want to see DADT repealed this year or not. The White House’s response to the gay community’s most senior member in Congress? Dead silence.
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%.”