Pelosi Statement on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to a letter sent this afternoon by Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates concerning the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:
“We all look forward to the report on the review of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy by the Defense Department. In the meantime, the Administration should immediately place a moratorium on dismissals under this policy until the review has been completed and Congress has acted.”
To me, this is Pelosi calling the White House’s bluff. She’s in essence saying, if DOD is saying they don’t want to do repeal this year, and the White House isn’t in cahoots with them, then the President can issue an immediate moratorium on discharges and prove it. I have no proof that this is what is going on, but this statement from Pelosi, taking on the President directly, is highly unusual.