Thursday, October 14, 2010

Immediately Stop Enforcing DADT... NOT

I'm sure you all have heard this by now. I wanted to post it two days ago but we had just gotten back from our fall leaf peeping trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was tired from the driving and just kind of drained.  So what does this all mean?  The Obama Administration has already asked for a stay on the injunction pending an appeal. So I hope none our GLBT troops called in gay to their command, if you did you are SCREWED.  You can see some quotes from them below along with more of my response. 

Judge: Stop 'don't ask, don't tell' immediately

By Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer  |  October 12, 2010
SAN DIEGO —A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished.

Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction but did not say what their next step would be.

President Barack Obama has backed a Democratic effort in Congress to repeal the law, rather than in an executive order or in court.

But U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ injunction leaves the administration with a choice: Continue defending a law it opposes with an appeal, or do nothing, let the policy be overturned, and add an explosive issue to a midterm election with Republicans poised to make major gains.

Department of Justice and Pentagon officials were reviewing the judge’s decision and said they had no immediate comment.

“The whole thing has become a giant game of hot potato,” said Diane H. Mazur, a legal expert at the Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California at Santa Barbara that supports a repeal. “There isn’t anyone who wants to be responsible, it seems, for actually ending this policy.

“The potato has been passed around so many times that I think the grown-up in the room is going to be the federal courts.”

From the Justice Department and the Obama Administration
"As the President has stated previously, the Administration does not support the DADT statute as a matter of policy and strongly supports its repeal. However, the Department of Justice has long followed the practice of defending federal statutes as long as reasonable arguments can be made in support of their constitutionality, even if the Administration disagrees with a particular statute as a policy matter, as it does here," it says. 

"The immediate implementation of the injunction would disrupt this review and frustrate the Secretary's ability to recommend and implement policies that would ensure that any repeal of DADT does not irreparably harm the government's critical interests in military readiness, combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, morale, good order, discipline, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces," the request reads. "Accordingly, a stay should be entered while defendants appeal the Court's entry of a worldwide injunction."

"The precipitous changes to military policy required by the Court's injunction would result in a host of significant and immediate harms to the recognized public interest in ensuring that the Nation has strong and effective military operations," the government argues.

What a bunch of BS! No matter what I really don't think the Obama's adminstration has their heart behind a repeal of this bad policy. They just spent 6 months doing a fact find mission to see how it would impact forces. Lets face it whether you want to admit or not our troops that are serving in Afghanistan with NATO units are already working along side GLBT troops within our allies forces. So if they are in a joint command then they are sleep, eating, showering and fight alongside them already. How do US commanders keep those troops separate?

Harry Reid has already let the bill die (voting against it himself) and caved in to the "old fuck" John MCCain. I have really had it up to here with the party and the adminstration and have really contemplated joining the gay blogger boycot of the Democratic party and registering as Independent after the November election. At least as an Idependent maybe then the GA Republicans and the Democrats will listen to what I have to say.

So do you want to know how this bad policy affects our troops? Well I recommend you watch these two videos by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.


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