Defense Sec. Robert Gates says that hiw way of of going abouit the DADT repeal process by asking everyone and thier mother if it’s okay is “smart” and everyone else’s way is the “stupid way to do change.” Gates keps insisting on asking service personnel about whether repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell makes them feel bad or sad, or thinking about the things that they never had.
Perhaps someone should put Gates in the “way back time machine” and take him back 62 years so he could see if the then-president asked around to see if white soldiers were okay with integrating their units with blacks, or vice versa.
Funny but last time I checked, our military is not a democracy. It was a job. You are given orders and you follow them. Are soldiers going to get to vote on every command decision now?
Hot, Humpy and real friend and advocate
to Lesbian and Gay Service members Rep. Patrick Murphy, the chief sponsor of the House bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, says he and other lawmakers were “blindsided” by Defense Sec’y Robert Gates’ letter on Friday, and vows to fight on for repeal this year.
Said Murphy to The Advocate:
“After my three years in Washington, I think when folks tell you to walk away, that’s usually a sign that you’re getting close. So we have to keep working, people need to call their members of Congress, their Senators. Obviously, the letter was a setback, but I know we’re on the right side of history here and we’re going to keep fighting till we get this done this year…I said from the get-go that just because change is hard it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. We have a bi-partisan bill to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the House of Representatives. We have Republican support, we have Colin Powell now on board, we even have Dick Cheney calling for repeal. We need to keep fighting.”
Why can’t he be our President?
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.
In what has to be the louidest and clearest message yet that the Obama administration and the Pentagon do not want to see a DADT repeal before November’s mid-term elections (oh, sorry, before the Defense Department wraps up its “investigation”), Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a letter to the House Armed Services Committee warning them a repeal “would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns and perspectives do not matter.”
How very fucking nice of you to be so concerned with the views, concerns and perspectives, of the men and women in uniform. Would you be so concerned if this was about desegregation of the troops or about allowing women to serve if they were already not allowed?
Oh and Gates you fucking homophobe bigot how about the gay men and women already in uniform who put thier lives on the line so old hacks like you can sit on your fat ass in Washington and spew such bullshit.. And what about their partners? Are their perspectives not important, considering that they’re, you know, THE ONLY ONES IMPACTED BY DADT?
Maybe its not urgent to you, But it is to them,