Obama to reverse “don’t ask, don’t tell”

I’m not going to comment on the merits of Obama’s decision to reverse “don’t ask, don’t tell.” I’m just going to point to the fact that, once again, he’s dropped a policy bomb on a weekend — this time, on a late Saturday night.  Methinks he’s trying to slip one past the masses.

And Politico points out that he’s made a promise without setting himself a deadline.  Sort of like Gitmo, I guess….

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  1. kali says

    I’ve always wondered about the technical/legal side of DADT–I was told that although the president can set the rules for enlistment, the military rule of conduct is set by Congress. So if DADT is actually repealed, but the rules against homosexual conduct aren’t, what happens?

  2. kali says

    I wonder about that as well, Ymarsakar. If officers and recruiters are allowed to ask, and you’re encouraged to tell, what exactly is being achieved here? Will we get a rash of outings and discharges? Is it supposed to encourage some groundswell of opposition to get the rules of conduct changed? Am I implying way too much foresight and political skill to the White House?

  3. Oldflyer says

    Good point Kali. Behavior of military personnel is governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). I am certain that the President cannot unilaterally change the UCMJ.

    I guarantee you that Sodomy is prohibited. This will be interesting. If he tries to change it unilaterally, I have to believe that someone will change it in the courts. Maybe he just forgot to tell the Gay and Lesbian Alliance that he had to get Congressional approval. Or maybe he assumes that he can.

  4. Mike Devx says

    Seems to me they should be careful of what they ask for – they might get it.

    A repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” frees up the military heirarchy to “ask” – or, rather, to freely investigate anyone they choose. You would then be dismissed from the military, losing all benefits of every sort, simply for acknowledging that you’re gay – whether or not you’ve ever even engaged in a homosexual act.

    So I’ll say it again: Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.

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