Leaked survey ‘is altering the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ debate at a critical point’

This is fascinating. Most of the leaks from the Pentagon have undermined the effort to repeal DADT. This one could be helping. And, the conservatives are cranky about it. Don’t get me wrong, one possibly helpful leak doesn’t necessarily mean that the compromise repeal language will pass this year, as promised repeatedly. But, it’s sure good to see the other “grumbling” for a change:

A leaked Pentagon survey that says most troops support openly gay service members is altering the “don’t ask don’t tell” debate at a critical point — just before Tuesday’s elections that could change control of Congress.

The anonymous leak, first reported by NBC News on Thursday night, may provide ammunition for those trying to repeal the military’s 1993 ban on openly gay troops, even if the issue rolls into a new, more-Republican Congress next year, a San Diego congresswoman said Friday.

Meanwhile, the camps of San Diego County’s Republican contingent are grumbling about the leak, saying they will reserve their comments until the full survey is released in December.

The President told me that he has a strategy to get the Defense bill passed this year — and that he’s going to be involved. We’re waiting — and watching. More importantly, the men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for the rest of us are waiting and watching. I’ll believe it when I see it. Actions speak louder than words.

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