Nancy Pelosi pushed back and called Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the White House’s bluff to the letter sent this afternoon by Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates concerning the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy: By calling on the President to do the one thing that he said he would not do. Place a moratorium on dismissals.
Pelosi is calling the White House’s bluff. She’s saying, if the Department of Defense is saying they don’t want to do repeal this year, and the White House isn’t in cahoots with them, then the President can issue an immediate moratorium on discharges and prove it.
“We all look forward to the report on the review of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy by the Defense Department. In the meantime, the Administration should immediately place a moratorium on dismissals under this policy until the review has been completed and Congress has acted.”
Its nice to see Nancy Pelosi, taking a stand and taking on the President and the DOD directly. Now THAT’S real leadership.