Pentagon slow-walking DADT repeal. Will be ‘several year process’




Over the past couple days, we’ve seen conflicting signals about whether Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be repealed “this year” as Obama led us to believe in the State of the Union.

The day after Obama’s speech, Eugene Robinson stated on MSNBC that a White House official told him the repeal probably would not happen this year.

Via a report from the Associated Press, we learned today that the Pentagon thinks the repeal will be a “several-year process.” Even worse, the Pentagon is going to do another study (a “special investigation”) on this issue.

Obama promised to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He’s the Commander-in-Chief. He tells the Pentagon to do it faster and stop delaying the process. And, it’s a very bad idea to leave the details to Congress.

Yesterday, Obama showed real leadership when he faced down the House GOP caucus. He needs to be that leader across the board. And, the repeal of DADT is one issue that is demanding it. Remember, “It’s the right thing to do”:
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Don’t forget, until it’s done: Don’t Ask, Don’t Give.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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