Obama to Ax "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" Says Who?
By John W. Lillpop
If President Obama really intends to terminate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as official U.S. military policy, he needs to apply some transparency to the issue by letting Pentagon officicials in on his plans.
As reported, in part, at Kansas City.com:
"The Pentagon says it has no plans to repeal the don't ask-don't tell policy for gay troops.
"Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Tuesday that the military's top leaders have only had initial discussions with the White House about whether gay troops should be open about their sexuality.
"Under current rules, openly gay troops can be discharged from the U.S. military.
"Morrell said the White House has not asked for the 1993 policy to be scrapped.
"I do not believe there are any plans under way in this building for some expected, but not articulated, anticipation that don't ask-don't tell will be repealed," Morrell told reporters at the Pentagon."
Now that Obama is in a position to actually implement change, certain of those campaign promises are being reviewed carefully and subjected to CHANGE themselves!
Previous reports indicated that, although repealing the ban is still on the CHANGE agenda, the president wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon.
Consult with the Joint Chiefs of Staff? What the Hades do those military fanatics know about discrimination and civil rights, from a gay perspective?
What if the Joint Chiefs of Staff tell the new commander-in-chief, in no uncertain terms, that trashing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is an awful idea?
Posted by John W Lillpop at 7:28 AM