Kinder and gentler bigotry: Gates makes it little bit harder to discharge gays

I’m sorry, but either we are a threat to morale and cohesion or we’re not. But for Secretary Gates to claim that there will be “enormous consequences” if we let gays serve before his little study is done, and then say that he’s making it harder to kick gays out, would seem rather contradictory. Either it’s a problem having us there or it’s not. But Gates can’t play the game of testifying that we’re not a problem, then telling the court we are, and now once again suggesting we’re not (so more of us can stay, but not everyone!)

This is supposed to appease you. But I fear it’s too little too late. New DADT discharges aren’t what’s driving the community’s anger on this issue – not anymore. The discharges have already slowed down during Obama’s term, it didn’t defuse a thing. People aren’t ticked that too many gay service members are being kicked out, they’re ticked that the promises are not being kept, period. I don’t think this change will help calm things down one bit.


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