We never could have seen this one coming, right? /snark
Since conservatives were effectively put in the driver’s seat by not aggressively and rapidly ending DADT and implementing open integration, Republicans are now wanting to back up and re-legislate the issue to make it difficult to overturn the egregious policy that is still in effect. Never mind that there have been no problems from the troops, but rather the only problem seems to be foot dragging by those backwards conservative political and military leaders we knew would slow walk ending DADT. From Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:
The leading House Republican on defense issues last week announced support for legislation that would expand the certification requirement for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and potentially disrupt the process for ending the military’s gay ban.
During a taped interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) backed a bill that would require the military service chiefs to certify that the U.S. military is ready for open service before bringing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to an end.
“I think it makes it a better process,” McKeon said. “I think the way this process was rammed through, it was done politically.”
And ramming through a change to the already ridiculously slow process to prevent it from taking place is not political? I’d also like to see a poll on the number of Americans who believe that “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has ended, and gays and lesbians are already serving openly. It has been my personal experience that most progressive friends of mine ask me how happy I must be that President Obama ended DADT, and then express disbelief, dismay and surprise when I explain to them the policy is still in force.
And, this just confirms again that the GOPers are more concerned with creating division than creating jobs.