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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Today the Senate votes on the defense authorization bill that includes getting rid of this stupid policy.  The House of Representatives already adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that could lead to the repeal of DADT in early 2011.

I heard some interesting commentary last night - it was mentioned that the policy was intended as a compromise and that the problem with it is that the military didn't hold up their end of the bargain, which was essentially to stop witch hunts.  Since it was passed in 1993, more than 13,500 service members have been fired under the law.

Lady Gaga has become a high profile supporter of the repeal and John McCain has vowed to fillabuster the legislation to prevent the repeal. 

According the the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, even high ranking military members are ready to let the ban go:  Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told Congress that repealing DADT is “the right thing to do.” Former Chairman John Shalikashvili agrees. Colin Powell say it’s time to re-examine the law.


McCain triumphed in this situation.  Fuck.



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