Pentagon Study: Let Gays Serve

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Results from the long awaited, 10-month study Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisted on before endorsing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was leaked one day early and it says what we already known anecdotally for years: troops would accept an openly gay person in their units.

The Pentagon study argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the viciously homophobic, 17-year-old Clinton era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

The survey is based on responses by some 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses to more than a half million questionnaires distributed last summer. The study group, led by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham, also visited various military bases and held town hall-style meetings with service.

Then-Sen. Barack Obama promised in the 2008 campaign to make repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” a top priority but as president, repealing the ban got lost along the way. It’s going to be very interesting to see what — if anything, happens regarding repealing the policy during the lame duck session of Congress.

If President Obama fails to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he will effectively lose all credibility with the LGBT community. Let’s see him try to win reelection in 2012 then.

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15 Responses to Pentagon Study: Let Gays Serve

  1. Jolly Roger says:

    Either you are with us, or you are with the Klanbaggers.

  2. Kate Novotny says:

    The new Congress will not give Obama the repeal vote. It won’t happen.

    If it isn’t done in the lame duck session, wave bye-bye to repealing the ban for at least the next 6 years. Obama needs to act now.

  3. Robert Gates’ study was a stunt. A cynical stall tactic.

    All the information in Gates’ Pentagon study could be found in the Palm Center’s study carried out by an esteemed group of military academics made up by former and current military personnel.

    http://www.palmcenter.org/press/dadt/releases/dadt_experts_score_pentagon_%E2%80%98equal_and_open%E2%80%99_service_gay_troops

    I hope I am wrong but if past is prologue and it usually is, President Obama will find some fresh excuse to not act to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” If this happens, it’s time to focus on finding a viable challenger to take him on in 2012.

  4. feminazi says:

    The lame duck session of congress has no agenda. They’re perfectly happy to run the clock out and go home on December 17th, having accomplished nothing, including the repeal of DADT. I am now more convinced than ever that Obama will only serve a single term, a la, Jimmy Carter and Poppy Bush. Then, say hello to President Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    Sen. John McCain is adamantly opposed to repealing DADT and President Obama is terrified of Sen. John McCain. I’m truly sorry to say this but I do not think DADT will be repealed on Obama’s watch. Obama is a lost cause and when he goes down for the last time, he will take the repeal of DADT with him.

  6. Peace Nick says:

    Don’t Ask.
    Don’t Tell.
    Don’t Cross Your Fingers.

  7. Harry says:

    President Obama should just get on with it and switch parties. At least then, he could run as an out Republican and not a closeted Republican.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    The Pentagon survey was particularly offensive. Did the Pentagon poll the four branches of the military when the service was integrated? Of course not, because the military does what it’s told by the generals and admirals. Imagine a grunt being asked if he minded serving along side a black soldier? This is insane but this is the game Obama and Gates are playing.

  9. mauigirl says:

    I am afraid I share all the skepticism that anything will happen during the lame duck session. It’s not all Obama’s fault though – the Congress is made up of politicians who are lame all of the time, not just now. Both the Dems and the Republicans have shirked their responsibilities on this. If only Clinton hadn’t let this become legislative law, it could have been repealed by the President as an executive order which is how Truman desegregated the armed forces. But since it is a law passed by Congress, now it has to be repealed by Congress. Which is impossible under the current Senate rules of the filibuster that never has to actually happen. The GOP just has to say “filibuster” and voila, they need 60 votes to pass anything. And the Dems don’t have 60 votes. It is such a mess. They should have gotten rid of that Senate rule two years ago when the Dems all got in. Then the GOP would have to actually get up and TALK for the whole time of the filibuster, as used to be the rule. This is not in the Constitution – this is a Senate rule issue. They should have changed the rules while they had the chance.

  10. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    If DADT is finally flushed down the commode with all the rest of the shit, then the men and women who serve in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will adjust fine.

    If they don’t and cause problems, then there’s a failure of command and heads will role. The service isn’t a democracy where you get to vote on the rules. You do as you’re told or else. All of these mumbo jumbo is just a comment on the Obama administration’s cowardice.

    This president is cornered and he’s afraid to go mano-a-mano with the military brass. I think Stanley MacChrystal had Obama’s number.

  11. DMason says:

    Obama won’t urge the lame duck session of the senate to act. Nevermind the fact that the 10 month Gates study said there’s no risk repealing the ban, as long as Elaine Donnelly is out there squawking, Obama will stand in the shadows trembling in terror at the thought of repealing DADT.

  12. Pechanga says:

    My guess is, John McCain will ask for another study and Obama will say, “OK, Boss. Let’s have another study.”

  13. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    In the 17 years since Clinton signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law, more than 14,000 men and women have been discharged under the ban to the tune of $300 million dollars.

    Obama has the power under Stop-Loss to end enforcement of the ban with an executive order and a signature.

    But this would require leadership and leadership is a gene Barry Obama is missing. Now, he can sheepishly ask the senate to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and if they fail, the issue gets punted to the courts.

  14. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    I’m not holding my breath for the lame duck congress to vote on repealing the ban.

    The remaining Dems were busted for saying they just want to run the clock out and go home for a month. Isn’t our gay-friendly government wonderful?

  15. Will S. says:

    New on The Will of The People

    http://iamthewill.wordpress.com/

    Why We Must NEVER Repeal DADT

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