Adm. Mullen: Compromise DADT language lets military leaders decide ‘whether’ repeal is implemented

Huh???

Pam Spaulding has this development and it’s disturbing:

For those who were in that White House meeting when the “deal” was made on Monday, is this interpretation by the Chair of the Joint Chiefs working for you? (Defense.gov):
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that he’s comfortable with proposed legislation that seeks to repeal the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military because it includes “very clear language” that gives senior leaders the final say in whether it’s implemented.

Here’s more from Defense.gov:

Mullen said he’s particularly interested in determining how the law’s repeal would affect “readiness, unit cohesion and our ability to do our mission.” That, he said, requires input from the people directly affected.

“That was what was behind making sure we surveyed our people and our families — to understand … the potential impact,” he told the group. “And I, as a senior military leader in the country, feel obligated to make sure I understand that, so should it change, I can lead that and understand what the impacts are.”

So should it change? We were led to believe it would change.

What happened to the Admiral Mullen from the February 2nd hearing?:

The big takeaway from the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing was Admiral Mullen’s stunning testimony. He was very impressive and very personal:
“It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” Mullen said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

“We have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals, and ours as institutions,” Mullen added.

And, he reiterated what he said after the hearing via his Twitter account:

Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity.

Stand by what you said then now. We need some integrity.


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