NYT Editorial to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT

Friday, September 17, 2010

The New York Times has written a passionate and intelligent editorial to President Obama: Stop Enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It reads in part:

President Obama and leaders of the military and of Congress have repeatedly said that they are committed to ending the policy by repealing the statute. The House approved a bill doing so in May. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said he intends to bring a bill to the floor next week that would dovetail with the House measure. Meanwhile, the prohibition remains on the books, endangering the careers of men and women in the military at a time of war. While the administration waits for Congress to repeal the statute, it should halt enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

To read it in its entirety, please click HERE.

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12 Responses to NYT Editorial to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Obama’s a fool if he keeps enforcing the policy.

    A temporary Executive Order halting enforcement until a repeal bill makes its way through the Congress would stop the insanity. But again, this would take a Commander in Chief with cajones and by now, everyone knows Obama is lacking in that area of his anatomy.

  2. Dale L. Suyeishi says:

    President Obama has lost the gay community. I know a lot of folks say, “where else can we go in 2012 but Obama?”

    I say let’s just wait and see if president gets a primary challenger. He (or she) could unseat him. Especially if his popularity keeps dropping and the employment picture doesn’t improve markedly.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hillary gets into the stew again. She has the machine in place, the money and she’s paid her dues. She also enjoys a superior relationship with the gay community.

  3. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    14,000 and counting.

    That’s the number of men and women who have been kicked out of the military for the “crime” of being gay or lesbian. To describe this as witch hunt is an understatement.

    As far as I’m concerned, Pelosi and Reid should’ve piloted repeal legislation through the House and the senate in the first 90 days Obama was president and hand him the bill to sign into law. But they failed the gay community and Obama is too timid to use his influence to push the issue in Congress.

  4. retahyajyajav says:

    What I want to know is, how many more surveys will Robert Gates force our military men and women to fill out and return before they stop the stall-game and get on with the repeal?

    The clown in the White House could stop Gates right away, and order the Democratic leadership to pass a repeal measure but, Obama is more interested in his vacations, now up to seven this year alone.

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    Someone on Rachel Maddow’s show (maybe it was Rachel, I can’t recall) said the cost of replacing the highly trained Air Force Major Mike Almy, who was booted from the service in 2006 after an exemplary 15 year career will cost the taxpayers $2 million dollars.

    Almy is certified to fly something like 6 airplanes, from troop transport planes to fighter jets. The Air Force could call his commander and say, “We need a C-5A First Officer to fly a 350 troops to Kabul in 5 hours.” Almy was the man.

    But someone on high was tipped off Air Force Major Mike Almy is gay and his commander had no choice but begin the separation process. Please tell me how this serves the security of the United States? How does this positively affect troop continuity?

    We’re the laughing stock of the industrialized world over DADT and the world is looking to President Obama to fix the problem. If he fails, he will join the ranks of George W. Bush as just another failure who rolled the dice and won the keys to the White House and accomplished very little of importance.

  6. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    Walk on Socks – Mike Almy is a great American. A real patriot and a far finer man than any Republican male in the US Congress.

    What DADT did to him was criminal.

  7. Chad Lebanon says:

    You people don’t understand. Major Mike Almy’s sexual orientation affected troop cohesion. The men he served with, and who reported to him, were upset by the knowledge he’s a gay man! They worried all the time he may hit on them and their wives lost sleep worrying he might hit on their hubbies! This is the type of bullshit John McCain and Jim Inhofe want you to believe. Of course, nothing could be farther from the reality but who wants the truth when you have a chance to engages in institutionalized discrimination? It’s the American way, baby!

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    When will forcing laws based on religious superstition on people who don’t want it finally be repealed?

  9. Rinaldo says:

    I’m not a lawyer, and not knowledgeable in the ways of the legal world … but I’ve thought that as commander-in-chief the president can end DADT unilaterally, he can supersede congress in this case. Something like the temporary executive order that Arizona Leatherneck mentioned earlier.

    Of course, if he does it NOW, it will look like a purely political move, just before the election.

  10. feminazi says:

    President Obama has shown a predictable lack of moral and political leadership on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ But for that matter, so have various elected Democrats who claim their support repealing the ban while asking for a financial contribution to their reelection campaign. I completely understand the angry in the gay community and support the call to not reelect anyone in office who failed to deliver on all campaign promises. These men and women must be held accountable.

  11. Brigadoon says:

    I’m tired of the entire debate because I deny the premise of the discussion. Repeal the damned ban and lets move on. If Obama fails to accomplish this, I want him defeated in 2012. I take no hostages on this issue.

  12. Tiny Dancer says:

    Democrats.com scrubbed any mention of repealing DOMA from the civil rights section.

    Meanwhile, each day DADT isn’t repealed and the midterms draw closer, the likelihood of the policy being repealed becomes less realistic and it’s all happened on the watch of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    Keep this in mind when you vote in November. I know I will.

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