This morning at the White House and on Capitol Hill that could help clear the way for the“don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal to be attached to the Department of Defense authorization bill later this week. Just attached mind you, because if its passed it won’t do jack shit for a year and then would require certification by three people who are falling all over themselves to kill repeal, and authority for implementation back to the Pentagon — which has been the center of resistance all along.
Okay here’s what happened and some details via Kerry Eleveld
A White House aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the White House meeting. “Our understanding is that Congress is determined to act this week and we are learning more about their proposal now,” said the aide. A Democratic leadership aide called the development “promising” but said discussions are ongoing. The House Democratic leadership is expected to meet about the proposal later this afternoon. According to one person familiar with the White House meeting, the proposal that is being considered would repeal the current statute this year, but implementation of repeal would not take place until after completion of the Pentagon’s working group study in December. Further, repeal would require certification from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chair Admiral Mike Mullen that the new law will not have a negative impact on readiness, recruitment, retention and other key factors that affect the military.
The language would not include a nondiscrimination policy but rather will return authority for open service by gays and lesbians back to the Pentagon.
A Statement of Administration Policy is expected to be released this week, potentially as early as tomorrow
One repeal advocate welcomed news of the agreement.
“Every single one of the groups around that table agreed that this is an amazing step forward,” said the person, who was close to the discussions at the White House and spoke on the condition of anonymity
“The language would not include a nondiscrimination policy but rather will return authority for open service by gays and lesbians back to the Pentagon. “?
This sentence alone means we as a community should not support this compromise, because in reality it turns all authority over to the Pentagon and military brass to continue an internal DADT policy that outsiders from within the legislative/executive branches can wash their hands. There’s nothing in this piece of legislation to prevent it, so while it may overturn the law that’s on the Federal books, it does nothing to allow LGBT service members to serve openly, with dignity, with recognition of family and friends, or any equal benefits to be bestowed upon them. I see nothing but a sheep in wolves clothing, and this is politics at its worst.
And as for “”Every single one of the groups around that table agreed that this is an amazing step forward.” Who the HRC? The NGLTF? Please! HRC/NGLTF would say that a big steaming pile of crap was an “amazing step forward” Get a clue the HRC/NGLTF DOES NOT represent us anymore.
I’ll believe this is an amazing step forward when Dan Choi and the hundreds of thousands who have been discharged un DADT say it’s an amazing step forward. As for Joe Solmonese and Rea Carey, on the other hand, can go fuck themselves in thier designer suits and Birkenstocks.