Having read the State of the Union to mean that the Administration was ready to ask for repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell this year – presumably as part of the Defense authorization bill – I was unpleasantly surprised that Secretary Gates wants to stall for up to a year with another damned study. Â (He’s going to ask RAND to reprise its 1993 study showing that the “unit cohesion” argument is bogus; what possible reason would there be to suspect a different result now?)
It looks as if the temporizing move will be to make administrative changes to drastically reduce the number of actual discharges before the legislative fix is in place.
On the bright side, the stall is just a stall; now that Adm. Mullen has come out flatly for repeal – as a matter of integrity – it’s just a matter of time.
Naturally, John McCain, who said two years ago that he’d support repeal if the top brass was OK with it, now has decided that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs doesn’t speak for the brass. Â A man of integrity. Â Not.
Footnote And it looks as if I’m going to owe Jonathan $100.