Defense Secretary Robert Gates Doubts “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Monday, December 6, 2010

As oral arguments are heard today in California on repealing Proposition 8, on the other side of the world, Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be around for the foreseeable future.

Gates addressed the issue aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea telling sailors he isn’t “particularly optimistic” that the Congress would overturn the policy soon, even though he wishes it would.

Senate Democrats want to vote this month to overturn the 1993 law, which bans gays from serving openly but, Republicans have blocked the repeal, preferring to deal instead with tax cuts and spending.

President Obama has remained characteristically passive-aggressive leadership on the issue which is the same as issuing a paper-thin call for Congress to repeal the ban.

Gates, on the otherhand said he is concerned that Congress will drag its feet too long and federal courts will intervene.

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8 Responses to Defense Secretary Robert Gates Doubts “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

  1. DMason says:

    How depressing. Chalk it up to another failure of the Obama administration to broker a deal. Now the courts will do what Obama and the Congress failed to do. What a dark period in American history.

  2. Randy Arroyo says:

    What Barry could do is tell the senate Republicans if they oppose repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” he will veto every bill they send him for the next 24 months. He’s the president even if he’s afraid to act like it. But Barry acts more like a senator than the Commander in Chief. He’s tentative and almost fearful. The result is a disenfranchised base and dwindling support.

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  4. Chad Lebanon says:

    If Obama couldn’t get DADT repealed with Democratic control of both the House and the senate, I think it is very unlikely he can accomplish it in the lame duck before December 14th or next year, the House falls to Republican control.

    I don’t even care now. Obama and the Democrats are every bit as hapless as the GOP.

  5. MichaelTAtheist says:

    Nice going President ”PUSSY” Obusha………….. You know, I hate to say it, but George W. Bush was a better president than you…….

  6. R.J. Lawson says:

    It’s funny how quickly he can broker a deal on tax cuts in one weekend but he’s had how many months to do this?

    President Obusha is a religious homophobe.

  7. Jolly Roger says:

    Now now….. the President always does what the Rushpubliscums tell him to do, and they never said THEY wanted DADT repealed.

    The Courts will have to deal with this, because the President will not. He’s too busy licking McConnell’s sack for that.

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