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Iraqi War General: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' a 'Non-Issue'

Iraq's top commanding General, Raymond Odierno, was asked about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Monday:

Odierno "The top commanding general in Iraq says he thinks everyone - gay and straight - should be allowed to serve in the military 'as long as we are still able to fight our wars.' ... Odierno told reporters Monday that he hadn't had much time to think about whether gays should be allowed to serve openly. He said the policy of 'don't ask, don't tell' has been a 'non-issue' to him."

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Lieberman's announcement (scroll to bottom) that he's taking the lead on legislation to repeal the military gay ban:

Q Senator Lieberman is now planning to introduce a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal bill next week. Would the President like to see Congress pass repeal this year?

MR. GIBBS: Look, as you know, the President is strongly in support of this, working with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. There is a process that's underway. You saw in Admiral Mullen the first joint chair to openly -- active joint chair to openly call for its repeal.

We have stated throughout this process that the only durable way for this to happen is through legislation. We think that Senator Lieberman's proposal is obviously an important step in that legislation. And I would point out that you heard from commanders in the field over the weekend on news shows as well as former Chairman Powell also come out strongly in support of repealing "don't ask, don't tell."

Q A lot of people fear that if it doesn't happen this year that it very well may not happen throughout the entire first term, not just in the second one.

MR. GIBBS: I don't think the President shares that because I believe, and I think you all have seen this throughout, obviously there has been a lot of public polling on this done since the President's proposal and since Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen testified on Capitol Hill about this. There is strong bipartisan support for its repeal among the American people. The President obviously shares that, as do important members of the military. And we think it will become law.

Joe Lieberman to Be Lead Sponsor on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Senator Joe Lieberman tells Jamie Kirchik at the New York Daily News that he'll be the chief sponsor of legislation to repeal the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy:

Lieberman  "My own experience as a member of the Armed Services Committee, visiting our troops on bases here in this country and abroad, particularly in war zones, the most remarkable quality you'll find is unit cohesion," he told me. "What matters is not the gender of the other person in your unit or the color or the religion or in this case the sexual orientation. It's whether that person is a good soldier you can depend on. And that's why I think it's going to work...I see this as an extension, the next step of the civil rights movement."

Kirchick adds: "The reasons why Lieberman, who was asked by the White House and gay rights groups to sponsor the legislation, would choose this battle are not hard to divine. Indeed, they strike at the heart of the political tradition of which he is the lonely standard-bearer: Social progressivism married with foreign policy hawkishness..."

The road to success on DADT is still considered to be as part of a Defense Dept. authorization bill and not as a stand-alone bill.

SLDN lauded the announcement and made a suggestion: "To strengthen the prospects for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and to reduce political risk, the President can still order the Pentagon to include "Set End-date / Delayed Implementation" repeal language in one of the legislative policy transmittals that will soon be sent to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees by the Department of Defense. These policy proposal packages serve as indications of White House and Pentagon support for policy changes to be included in the next National Defense Authorization Act."

Joe Lieberman Wants a Preemptive Attack on Yemen


Let's send him.

He also wants full body scanners, calls Guantanamo a "first class facility", etc...


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #583

SOCK PUPPET: Joe Lieberman parodied in MoveOn ad.

MARCHING ON: Empire State Pride Agenda looks ahead to 2010.

BOSSY BOTTOM: Gay pimp Jonny McGovern's latest.

ADAM LAMBERT: Does Chelsea Lately.

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Al Franken Shuts Down Joe Lieberman, Pisses Off McCain




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Olbermann Slams Health Care Bill, Obama in Special Comment


I haven't posted one of Keith Olbermann's Special Comments since before the election, but his comment from last night was especially on and searing. On health care reform, Lieberman, and Obama's weakness:

"They say they have done what they have done for the most important, the most fiscally prudent, the most gloriously phrased, the most inescapable of reasons. But mostly they have done it for the money. Lots and lots of money from the insurance companies and the pharmacological companies and the other health care companies who have slowly taken this country over. Which brings us to Mr. Lieberman of Connecticut, the one man at the center of this farcical perversion of what a government is supposed to be. Out of pique, out of revenge, out of betrayal of his earlier wiser saner self, he has sold untold hundreds of thousands of us into pain and fear and privation and slavery — for money. He has been bought and sold by the insurance lobby. He has become a Senatorial prostitute. And sadly, the President has not provided the leadership his office demands."


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