Wednesday, December 01, 2010

One Step Closer

Yesterday the US Military cleared the way for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The Department of Defense's report on impact of repealing US military's the failed policy was released. As many had already expected a majority of the troops are fine with it, by 70 percent . The only major opposition has come from the USMC (the USN's legions of bottoms) and John McCain.
Sec. Gates Stated Gates recommended the Senate support legislation to end the existing policy. "It can be done and should be done,"
and then goes on to say that...
"Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year. I believe this is a matter of some urgency because, as we have seen this past year, the federal courts are increasingly becoming involved in this issue."
Now Sec. Gates does have a point there, if the administration's appeals fail then the military will be left to the who the  US Courts issue a ruling if they strike it down for being unconstitutional. Where if the policy was repealed in legislation the Military and the DoD would have more control over the situation. They would not have to answer to the courts. This would set a bad precedence if  US Courts are able to manage military policy. This should be left to the President, DoD and rest of the Military chain of command.

Presidents Stated As Commander in Chief,

I have pledged to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law because it weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness and equality by preventing patriotic Americans who are gay from serving openly in our armed forces. At the same time, as Commander in Chief, I am committed to ensuring that we understand the implications of this transition, and maintain good order and discipline within our military ranks. That is why I directed the Department of Defense earlier this year to begin preparing for a transition to a new policy. 
It took him long enough to say this, he should have said it back in January. Personally I don't think President Obama gives a shit about our community. One reason he had seen support fading at least mine. I don't care who he has appointed and I know he did an anti-bullying message, but only after Hillary had hers out on the airwaves. Then we have John McCain....

Who said in the past...
"That passing repeal now would undermine the Defense Department's review of the policy, which won't be completed until December"
 and
"that he would be open to repeal if it was OK'd by the military's top brass"

but now that it's been OK'd he has stated

“I’m doing everything I can to defeat it.”
I guess John is having a case of hypocrite syndrom. But, Damn! His family has even been on the record supporting the repeal.
Cindy McCain "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future,"  "They can’t serve our country openly."
I just don't understand how she can do anti-bully video message for NOH8, but she is married to one of the big bully. He's such a big bully that sh is now reversing what she had originally said on tape.
Meghan McCain "I am a supporter of LGBT rights and am against DADT"

 Let's face it John McCain's world view is different from mine. Homosexuality was not as accept and he had less exposure when he was in the military. Or It's my guess that  John is just trying to rattle some saber and score some points with the Religious and the rest of prejudice Right. Maybe it was a promise he made to the devil when he begged for their support in 2008.

Yes, there are better ways that the policy's repeal could have been presented to congress other than on a defense spending bill. And yes at the moment there are more pressing matters before congress like North and South Korea, Extension of Unemployment benefits and The START Treaty. But I feel that some of the blame is on the Obama's Administration, they should have been pushing for this back in the spring of 2009 not at the tail end or 2010.

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