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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.

Dadt2 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."

This week, Rep. Ellen Tauscher re-introduced legislation to repeal the ban.

In February, Obama said more assessment was needed before the ban could be repealed, a statement that was rebutted by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network executive director Aubrey Sarvis, who cited the "long line of reports" disputing the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...

Rep. Ellen Tauscher on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' [tr]
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Politico: Bill Repealing Military Gay Ban to Be Introduced Today [tr]

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  1. Oh, and BTW, Clinton did issue an executive order instituting DADT. But the policy was codified by Congress later that year. Apparently they figured Bubba couldn't be trusted to stick to the policy. Imagine that.

    Seriously, hon, if you want to blather on about important things, you really should make some effort to get yourself up to speed on the issues at hand.

    Posted by: 24play | Mar 6, 2009 12:14:49 AM

  2. really, really, 24PLAY?,

    there you go again, sweets, presuming to talk for the invisible "everyone", and being more obtuse than a body has a right to. you presume too much, beatch.

    wow! words like "blather" and other dis-positive terms that you employ say more about you than i could ever hope to. they betray your underpinnings: they are nothing more and nothing less than cheap rhetoric broadcast to the four winds -- dismissive terms to thinly veil your awkwardness in communication.

    but, alas, all you have to offer is the throwing of shit at a wall to see what sticks. happily, i will no longer indulge you. i am tired of you.

    i will tell you this, though, i don't really think that you are as stupid as you come across as being. peace to you, bato, i will see you on another thread.

    btw, is you is or is you ain't a black guy? frankly, i don't care. but, like you, i've taken on the onus of speaking for the hoi polloi, the unwashed masses, and inquiring minds want to know. don't let us down!!!

    Posted by: nic | Mar 6, 2009 1:27:08 AM

  3. Princess, you've not only lost the argument, you've shown yourself to be absolutely clueless about the issue at hand, DADT. But somehow I'm the one who "comes across" as stupid?

    You incorrectly assume that because integration of U.S. armed forces was achieved via executive order, that Obama can reverse DADT with the stroke of a pen. Then you incorrectly assume from my comments that I'm African American. And I'm the one who "presumes too much"?

    Girl, you are a fucking mess. Come back when your projector has burned out. And when your brain catches up with your big mouth. If ever.

    Posted by: 24play | Mar 6, 2009 1:54:56 AM

  4. wow.

    I'll never be able to use the English language as well as you two...but I can sing!

    Seriously, thank you both for an enlightening debate. It got too rough, but it's Towleroad at it's best: informative.

    Oh, NIC,

    24Play is white, but he just stands up against bigotry more than most white folks.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 6, 2009 10:14:54 AM

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