Saturday, January 10, 2009

Don't Ask Don't Tell

h/t Kevin Drum @ Mother Jones

Thaddeus: Is the new administration going to get rid of the "don't ask don't tell" policy?

Gibbs: Thaddeus, you don’t hear a politician give a one-word answer much, but it’s yes.

"That's very good news, though I sure wish Gibbs had given a multi-word answer instead. Mainly, what I want to know is: "What do you plan to replace it with?" We'll just have to wait and see, I guess."

I guess I'm not as much of a stickler on this issue as Drum. As much as many of us would like, the process of repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell isn't going to be quick. The Obama administration will need to negotiate with the arms services, most likely consisting of some type of study and a gradual transition. Clinton killed a lot of his political capital early in '93 by attempting to push through a lift of the homosexual ban in the military. Social issues as important as they are for many will have to come second following the stimulus bill.
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