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Watch: Defense Sec'y Gates Tells Troops in Iraq They Will Notice Little Change Following 'DADT' Repeal

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The service chiefs weren't the only officials addressing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal today. On his trip to Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told troops that they would notice little change following repeal of 'DADT'.

Said Gates during a question and answer session: "My guess is you won't see much change at all, because the whole thrust of the training is you're supposed to go on treatin' everybody like you're supposed to be treatin' everybody now — with dignity, respect, and discipline.

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  1. Which, of course, begs the question: Then why the F not certify NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    THE one thing empowering these hearings is that Obama Wan Kenobi refuses to certify yet so they can keep shooting at it as long as it's still alive which could be for months more...near the end of his THIRD year in office.

    WHY?

    "The Pentagon could easily repeal the ban TODAY if there was the POLITICAL will. [Army Chief of Staff Gen. George] Casey in particular is leaving soon and doesn’t want to be known as the Army chief of staff who let gays in on his watch’, Belkin said. ‘THE FOOT-DRAGGING IS NOT ABOUT SOME SINCERE OR LEGITIMATE SENSE THAT THE TROOPS NEED TO BE TRAINED ON HOW TO DEAL WITH GAYS; it’s because they don’t want to be around when the policy happens’.” - Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin, Washington Blade, January 6, 2011.

    “ I am embarrassed.... THAT IT WOULD TAKE A MILITARY THAT CAN GO HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO UNSEAT A DICTATOR IN 30 DAYS MORE THAN SIX MONTHS TO COMMUNICATE SUCH A SIMPLE SET OF FUNDAMENTAL MORAL PRINCIPLES TO ITS FORCE IS UNACCEPTABLE AND UNNECESSARY.” - Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (retired), Cochair, SLDN’s Military Advisory Council, Stars & Stripes, March 25, 2011.

    “This training is not rocket science. THE SERVICES CAN GET THIS DONE BY APRIL 30TH. It’s simply taking too long, and it’s time to speed up the process.” – Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director, SLDN, March 22, 2011.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Apr 7, 2011 7:20:42 PM


  2. Wow, a sane-sounding Republican going along with policy! But as Michael says, actual implementation would be a lot more reassuring.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 7, 2011 7:39:27 PM


  3. Gates said: ". . .you're supposed to go on treatin' everybody like you're supposed to be treatin' everybody now — with dignity, respect, and discipline."

    Seems so obvious that this is how we should be treating each other, especially in situations where you put your life in each other's hands.

    Posted by: Austin | Apr 7, 2011 7:43:10 PM


  4. Well, Michael, you're right. It could be repealed immediately if there was the political will. But there isn't. So now what?

    Wait. Be patient. We got what we wanted.

    Posted by: Xtab | Apr 7, 2011 8:10:55 PM


  5. Well f*** me ! It takes this long to do the right thing !!!!
    We're f***ed.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2011 2:35:16 AM


  6. Aren't we supposed to be seeing big changes in Iraq by July?
    Didn't the Iraqis throw us out of their country?

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | Apr 8, 2011 6:04:01 AM


  7. Our political establishment doesn't even have the political will to keep the elderly from freezing to death in the winter, to provide the option of healthcare to families that doesn't bankrupt them, or to stop torturing people theyve hoovered up in their never-ending wars. Is anyone seriously surprised that there's no political will to speed up the treating of OUT gay soldiers as human beings?

    Posted by: Kurt | Apr 8, 2011 6:43:42 AM


  8. Define "little change." As in, 'Why is it taking this long to enforce little change?' Why are gay soldiers still being discharged?

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Apr 8, 2011 7:25:38 AM


  9. Well--after all, his remarks indicate that little change will be seen. in other words, people in the military will continue doing what they've been doing for the most part. As we know, many or most military personnel knowingly serve alongside gay personnel and don't really care. So the Secretary is right.

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 8, 2011 7:29:57 AM


  10. @JACKFKNTWIST: Another way you could hear Gates' remarks is that most people have been "doing the right thing all along," and that's what he expects to continue. You really don't HAVE to spin his words in quite the way you have.

    I think the Secretary's on target.

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 8, 2011 7:31:45 AM


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