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Obama May Delay ‘Don’t Ask/Tell’ Repeal

From the Washington Times:

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Obama to delay repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military’s decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say.

Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise. However, Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress, the advisers said.

“I think 2009 is about foundation building and reaching consensus,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The group supports military personnel targeted under the ban.

Mr. Sarvis told The Washington Times that he has held “informal discussions” with the Obama transition team on how the new president should proceed on the potentially explosive issue…

Mr. Sarvis expressed optimism that Democratic gains in the past two elections make it “more likely” Congress will let gays serve openly.

“I think the congressional results are a factor in our optimism,” he said. He added that no vote count has been taken…

Mr. Obama’s gay-ban pledge was not a major campaign issue. However, he provided a policy statement to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay rights group, pledging to repeal the exclusion and to invite back service members discharged under the law. He also said that he wants the Pentagon to school military people on how to treat gays.

“The eradication of this policy will require more than just eliminating one statute,” he told the group, in a statement posted on their Web site. “It will require the implementation of anti-harassment policies and protocols for dealing with abusive or discriminatory behavior as we transition our armed forces away from a policy of discrimination. The military must be our active partners in developing those policies and protocols.” …

Ban proponents say removing the restriction would hurt recruiting by discouraging conservative, religiously oriented youths from signing up…

Mr. Sarvis said not to look for the debate to begin until late next year or 2010.

“What’s the reality for the new administration?” he said. “Financial crisis. Economic upheaval. Health care reform. Environmental challenges. Where does ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ fall in all this? I would say it is not in the top five priorities of national issues.”

Yet another pledge that the Anointed One appears to be reneging on.

For here is what Mr. Obama and his lackeys were telling everyone just a few months ago, via the homosexual outlet, The Advocate:

Obama Campaign Holds Policy Briefing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

September 17, 2008

Surrogates for Sen. Barack Obama briefed reporters Tuesday on the senator’s support for repealing the military’s discriminatory policy, saying it is outmoded and serves as a hindrance to recruiting the best and brightest for the nation’s Armed Services.

By Kerry Eleveld

The Barack Obama campaign held a conference call Wednesday aimed at contrasting the senator’s support for repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with John McCain’s belief in maintaining the ban against gays and lesbians serving openly in the Armed Forces.

“John McCain does not believe that our military personnel are as professional as the 23 other NATO countries that allow their military members to serve openly,” said Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, who emerged as a fervent straight ally for repealing the ban in July at the first congressional hearings held on the policy since 1993. “As many of you know, they did adopt a platform — John McCain and Sarah Palin — that emphasized the incompatibility of homosexuality within the military service.”

The GOP platform asserts, “To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.”

The Democratic platform, by contrast, calls for an end to the policy in the name of military preparedness: “We support the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation.”

Without calling the 72-year-old McCain by name, retired Lt. General Claudia Kennedy noted a generational difference in perspective on being gay. “We’re in the generation of soldiers who don’t think this is nearly as important as some of the people who are from a much older generation,” the 60-year-old Kennedy said of the group of Obama surrogates on the conference call…

“I agree with Senator Obama,” responded Murphy, who joined a ROTC program while attending Kings College at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. “Senator Obama believes that our military needs equal access to our best and brightest graduates, which includes LGBT Americans.” …

When asked what the biggest hurdle was to overturning the policy, Murphy fingered the Bush Administration. “The fact is that we are behind social change right now in our military,” he added. “We were ahead of social change when we desegregated our Army in the 1950s via executive order of President Truman. And in fact, half our country was still segregated at the time and it was in the middle of the Korean War.”

But that was then (before the election), and this is now (after the election).

Of course in a way it makes sense.

After all, Mr. Obama got elected on the principle of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 21st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Obama May Delay ‘Don’t Ask/Tell’ Repeal”

  1. proreason says:

    “Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus”

    Sure. Consensus will happen as soon the wizened old soldiers who have spent 25-40 years risking their own lives and the lives of thousands of men and women catch hopey changey fever.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    So now the gays are the “best and brightest”? I don’t think so.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    A word or three to the House Negro with the Sicle and Hammer…..the United States Military is no place for Social Engineering!! One look at what the Clintons’ did and you will understand where I’m coming from. One look at the gays over Prop 8 and what they are doing when they don’t get their way! Like kids throwing a temper tantrum only with violent overthrows! You really want this BS in the military while we are at war with Muslim terrorist? THAT’S RIGHT…..I SAID MUSLIM !!

  4. Colonel1961 says:

    How about best dressed with brightest colors, 1st?

  5. 1sttofight says:

    Colonel, I bet we would have the spiffiest and best interior decoraded military bases in the world along with the deadliest purses. We could slap fight with the best of them while being the best dressed and coordinated troops in the world. ;)

  6. JohnMG says:

    If, as has been stated by Obama, that 23 other NATO nations allow openly gay people in their military without detriment, why is it that the U S armed forces could kick all 23 nation’s militaries’ asses at the same time.

    Or, if they are so efficient, why is it that policing the world always seems to fall disproportionally on the U S?

    For all of his exterior polish and posturing, Obama has to be one of, if not THE dumbest son-of-a-bitch to ever open his mouth and tell a lie.

  7. A Mad Pole says:

    Ending this policy may actually help to defeat the enemies: they will all burst laughing when a platoon of gay “soldiers” starts swinging purses at them.

  8. 11ten1775 says:

    Who’d a thought that MEPS would become the front line in protecting our country? I’m told this won’t ever happen in the Marine Corps – no matter what the government says – the fancy boys will never make it through boot camp. But I fear that’s wrong. I fear that those who argue that the military does everything 100% are correct. Everything will be adjusted for these entitled, depraved, *** clowns. Geeze, our guys are already innundated with anti-sexual harrassment whining and crying. What will it be like when they have to advocate for the gays? I don’t want to know. Good heavens, I don’t want to see those AFN commercials…

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    Rueters: Rss Feed.

    “A soldier was observed running and firing on Iranian positions like a madman, effectively cleaning the enemy out, and was asked on his return what made him so mad”

    “Did you see that uniform on that one guy?” It clashed so bad with his turban thingy, and his fingernails, ugh! That, plus that bastard’s mortar round got mud on my new poncho…..I was sooooo stressed!” “Their clothes arent ironed, they didnt shave, they are enough to drive me to distraction! Those bitches! where’s my herb tea?”

    Even though his actions were heroic, somehow he ended up being the only one left in his tent, the other guys all “volunteering for an all night patrol” and sleeping on the other side of the compound.

  10. David says:

    I don’t understand how this would be a good thing from a gay perspective. For those few individuals who do desire to serve their country loyally and are gay it would seem like the current policy is one of protection and anonymity. I don’t know of any good soldiers who would like the idea of being singled out for “special” acceptance treatment. The only people this would benefit are those who have no place serving.

  11. The Redneck says:

    This is what I was hoping for–that Obama would let even the sad, twisted principles he has drop in favor of political expediency.

    Too bad it won’t go far enough.

  12. pinandpuller says:

    New show on the Military Channel staring Clinton and Stacey:

    What Not To Shoot

  13. Anonymoose says:

    It’s also kind of what I’ve been expecting from Obama, avoid the Clinton Mistake of going hard left too early and getting shafted in the congressional elections. Instead appear centrist and moderate until a year or two in, then hammer away.

    I also agree that anonymity is better than an “out and proud” approach, a person shouldn’t be making an issue about their sexuality when they’re there to do a job. That’s one of the things some gay activists can’t seem to get around, that most people aren’t interested in hearing about it.

  14. hister says:


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  16. 1sttofight says:

    When is Obama coming out of the closet?

  17. Liberals Demise says:

    I thought he did when he invented the orface of President Reject.
    At the VFW I go to they have Hanoi Jane Urinal Targets. I can’t wait for the obama targets to follow!
    Aim….is everything!!

  18. Eagle334th says:


    Exactly. They would, obviously, stand out like an even bigger sore thumb (no pun intended).

    For those that have (and will) fought DADT, it’s like the Gays and Lesbians that fought eHarmony.com in order to have the opportunity to find their partners on a website that is run for heterosexuals. That site wasn’t set up for the gay community. I like Michelle Malkin’s thinking on it.. heterosexuals should bombard gay and lesbian dating sites and demand that they have access to ‘straight’ databases in order to find a partner. ;)

  19. sheehanjihad says:

    Being gay isnt all it’s cracked up to be….activists are single minded automotons who desperately seek approval by forcing their views on everyone else to achieve that end. Nobody really gives a damn what orientation they are, they are just sick of having it forced on them by rabid out of control loud mouthed shame merchants.

    They can never be satisfied simply because they cant get around being the way they are. Otherwise, they wouldnt have this need to screech like children about something that only becomes in issue when people are forced to accept their unreasonable demands that show just who is “intolerant” and “phobic” and full of such vitriolic hatred that it defies the imagination.

    Dont preach to me about “acceptance” and “tolerance” until you learn to show me that you have a grasp on it yourself. Talk about the quintessential double standard.

  20. Liberals Demise says:

    Madpole “……a platoon of gay “soldiers” starts swinging purses’m at them.”
    Or God forbid……..break out in a show tune!!

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