Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Military to "Review" How to Repeal DADT; Lieberman Proposes Repeal

Two important developments have happened regarding Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- the military's antigay policy.

Gates Orders "Review" of Best Way to Repeal DADT
First, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has instructed a team of military leaders to "study" to best way to repeal DADT. This is the typical style of the Obama administration. The report is due on December 1, 2010. Gates issued a memo that provides some guidelines for exploration:
An integral element of this review shall be to assess and consider the impacts, if any, a change in the law would have on military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, and how to best manage such impacts during implementation.
Is it just me or does this sound unnecessarily dramatic and time-consuming? The memo almost has a Paul Revere feel to it: "the Gays are coming.....the Gays are coming....must prepare." Also, the military is taking a year (added to all of the previous years) to figure out the best way to deal with openly gay and lesbian servicemembers as opposed to the ones it forces in the closet. The results of this study could be less than desirable. Look at healthcare reform.

Senator Joe Lieberman Slated to Introduce Legislation Repealing DADT
Today, Senator Joe Lieberman will fulfill a promise and introduce a bill to repeal DADT. Lieberman's bill will repeal DADT and prevent discrimination by the military on the basis of sexual orientation -- something that sounds far more promising that Gates' review. Co-sponsors of the bill include Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Senate Armed services Committee, Senator Mark Udall, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator Roland Burris.

Source: Politico


LETICIA said...

Here's a hint: Say "We've decided to overturn DADT" That just might save everyone 11 months of wasted time.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Leticia: I suspect that once December gets here, they will need an additional year (at least) to implement the "plan."

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