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General Petraeus: 'Time Has Come' to Review Military Gay Ban +
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' News Updates

Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "the time has come" for the U.S. military to consider changing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The AP reportsPetraeus  "Gen. David Petraeus stopped short of saying whether he personally believed if the military's policy of 'don't ask, don't tell' is outdated or unfair. Instead, Petraeus told a Senate panel Tuesday that he wants to see the results of an internal study ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates before any changes are made. He said he wants to know if allowing gays to serve openly might hurt recruiting and retention, or the military's ability to fight."

Adds The Hill: "At Tuesday's hearing, Petraeus cautioned that the change to the Clinton-era law should be done in a “thoughtful manner” and should include assessments on how a change would impact recruiting, retention, morale and cohesion within the military services.

Senator Carl Levin did not allow Petraeus to read an eight-minute statement he said he had prepared: "Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) did not allow Petraeus to deliver his statement after ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked the general whether he believed thorough review was necessary before 'Don’t ask, don’t tell' was repealed. Levin’s reason: the committee rule on Tuesday was only a six-minute round of questions and answers for each senator."

Petraeus' testimony was the most he has said on the issue of the military gay ban. On an episode of Meet the Press in February, Petraeus had said that he supports Defense Sec'y Robert Gates plan for a study on the matter but was reserving further discussion for his testimonty before today's committee. Petraeus also said on MTP that he's not sure the sexual orientations of fellow service members matter to troops in the field.

ADDITIONAL NEWS ON 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'

 road  Dadt  Here's more info on the  'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rally in D.C. this Thursday at which Kathy Griffin will appear. Americablog: If Griffin wants to make news this week, she'll call out President Obama.

 road  SLDN seeking testimony from servicemembers for hearing this week on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" before Senate Armed Services Committee: "If you are a gay, lesbian, or bisexual service member who is currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves, and you would like to submit testimony for the record about how DADT impacts you, please submit a statement (one page or less please) via email by 9pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 to Eric Kennedy at ekennedy@servicemembersunited.org."

 road  Lt. Dan Choi is "on the market"?

 road  In a New Yorker satire, Paul Rudnick looks at 'DADT' repeal from the perspective of a very gay service member

"As a gay man, I naturally spend much of my time debating casting issues involving the musical theatre, although, thankfully, I can’t share such thoughts with my unit. Instead, when I spot a potential suicide bomber, I think of him as someone who insists that Tyne Daly was the greatest Mama Rose of all time, even better than Merman. This makes me so enraged, and my aim grows so steady, that I can pick off the bomber with a single well-flung grenade, while shouting to myself, 'Tyne was appealing, but she didn’t have a shred of Angela Lansbury’s esprit, or Patti LuPone’s thwarted fury! Anyone who ranks Tyne over Patti deserves to die!' It’s called valor.

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  1. Time to review? It's time to repeal! We've been reviewing it for decades and the same tired rhetoric just gets rehashed over and over. I have to give General Petraeus credit for standing up to the joint chiefs who don't want this even discussed. Now if Failbama will grow a pair and show some leadership on the issue.

    Posted by: Brad | Mar 16, 2010 12:45:31 PM


  2. I know this isn't really the place for this, but Patti's Mama reigns.

    Posted by: Eddie in OKC | Mar 16, 2010 1:05:41 PM


  3. @BRAD: If the President wasn't leading on this, it wouldn't be happening.

    Btw, "Failbama"?

    You are SO not sitting at The Heather's table at lunch today!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 16, 2010 1:17:39 PM


  4. With respect, two mistakes.

    1. It's Servicemembers United, not SLDN, asking for gay vets submissions for Congress.

    2. There is NOTHING to applaud in Petreaus statement. When is everyone going to WAKE UP and realized we're being played? Despite Derek's well-intentioned belief that repeal is "happening," here's all that REALLY has on Obama's part:

    2a. He is obviously convinced that actually fighting to make REPEAL happen will cost the Dems midterm votes. As so many of his other misjudgements over the last 14 months, this one doesn't stand up to analysis. Despite the huffing and puffing of the Trogs like John McShame and the cowardice of repeal fence sitters in Congress, with the consistent wide margins of public support for repeal, there is no reason to believe that support for repeal would cost a SINGLE seat in Congress that the Dems would OTHERWISE win.

    2b. "As a boy Barack Obama began playing basketball, and he never stopped." - "The Audacity of HOOPS," Sports Illustrated. His basketball coach brother-in-law believes it helped him get elected, ticking off the basketball-crazed states he won over Repugs. There are mulitple YouTube videos dedicated to nothing but film of him playing.

    Running out the clock in basketball involves using a lead protection offense in the late stages of a game - that is, go into a 'stall' mode by holding the ball and passing sporadically.

    The clock running out: time left until midterm elections after which chances of repeal will equal those of the proverbial snowball in Hell.

    Late stage of the game: Obama, who promised to start fighting for repeal the day he took office, did not directly call Congress to "WORK" on repeal until after the first year of his Presidency; only ten months before the clock runs out.

    Who's in the lead: opponents [no matter WHAT they SAY] of repeal.

    The stall: while delaying addressing Congress directly, over that year Obama repeatedly passed to Congress. Then the game strategy switched to "holding the ball"...sending his subordinate SECDEF Robert Gates and Gates' subordinates to Congress to tell them, just like Petreaus, they MUST NOT REPEAL UNTIL AFTER they've completed "The Study" which, ooops, surprise, surprise, will only be done, at the earliest, by December 1st...one month AFTER the buzzer has sounded on repeal for years.

    And we're being played in the process, clapping like trained seals whenever another brass asshat "supports" repeal...without noticing that the more important thing he's said is "run out the clock, stall, hold, pass."


    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Mar 16, 2010 2:54:50 PM


  5. I wonder if Petraeus would be concerned if allowing blacks or Jews to serve in the military would harm recruitment or retention?

    Posted by: rick | Mar 17, 2010 4:54:39 AM


  6. Don't you wish that the General's, Senator's and Congressmen had spend at least half as much time and energy "considering" whether or not to go invade Iraq? Seems that this is nothing more than a stall tactic on the part of the politician's to delay NOT eliminately DADT until after the November 2010 election. What ever happened to military personal following order and NOT being surveyed as to their opinion concerning those orders. Seems like the troops are ready to follow but the leaders aren't ready to lead.

    Posted by: ChrisM | Mar 17, 2010 3:51:46 PM


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