Obama Begins Consultation of Advisors on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Obama has begun consulting his advisors on repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to a statement from the White House which offers no time frame and doesn't say whether a commission will be named to further study it.
AP: "The move enables Obama to say he's making good on his campaign promise to reverse the law, but doesn't lock him into doing so anytime soon. The carefully calculated statement, released this week by White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, leaves enough wiggle room to prevent the hot-button issue from consuming Obama's foreign policy agenda, which is dominated by ending the Iraq war and salvaging operations in Afghanistan. 'The president supports changing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Vietor said in the e-mailed statement. 'As part of a long-standing pledge,' Obama has begun consulting closely with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen 'so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security,' Vietor said."
In February, Obama said more assessment was needed before the ban could be repealed, a statement that was rebutted by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network executive director Aubrey Sarvis, who cited the "long line of reports" disputing the ban's effectiveness that began 21 years ago, as well as the hundreds of military figures who have come out against it.
A new book by researcher Nathaniel Frank which investigates the extremely flawed roots of the flawed policy was released this week. Towleroad published details of the book earlier this week in which Frank reveals that creators of the policy had no empirical data and made up the conclusions that lead to the creation of the policy.
Rachel Maddow interviewed Frank about the book last night. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...