Obviously, there’s lots of DADT news today. As I post this at 11:30 AM, Senators Lieberman, Udall and Gillibrand will be joined by a number of their Senate colleagues and advocates at a Capitol Hill press conference pushing for repeal of DADT in the lame duck session.
This morning, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for Army General Carter F. Ham, USA, “for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States Africa Command.” General Ham also co-chairs the Pentagon’s DADT Working Group. As you can imagine, the topic of DADT and the Pentagon study came up repeatedly. McCain is being his usual homophobic self (thanks again, Cindy.)
There was one possible good sign from Senator Webb, who voted against the DADT amendment in Committee on May 27th. As Igor reports, Webb “praised the comprehensive nature of the report:
WEBB: I can’t, again having spent five years in the Pentagon. I can’t remember a study on this type of issue that has been done with this sort of care. Not even having seen it or knowing the results, but I know the preparation that went into it. So it’s going to be a very important study for us to look at and examine.
And, as noted below, Chairman Levin is going to hold hearings on the DADT study before the Senate votes on the legislation.
Here’s the video of Webb: