As a participant recounted one of the sessions, Mr. Obama told Defense SecretaryRobert M. Gates and Adm.Mike Mullen,
the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, that the law was “just
wrong.” Mr. Obama told them, the participant said, that he had delayed
acting on repeal because the military was stretched in two wars and he
did not want another polarizing debate in 2009 to distract from his
health care fight.
But in 2010, he told them, this would be a priority. He got no objections.
Tuesday, in the first Congressional hearing on the issue in 17 years,
Mr. Gates and Admiral Mullen will unveil the Pentagon’s initial plans
for carrying out a repeal, which requires an act of Congress. Gay
rights leaders say they expect Mr. Gates to announce in the interim
that the Defense Department will not take action to discharge service
members whose sexual orientation is revealed by third parties or jilted
partners, one of the most onerous aspects of the law. Pentagon
officials had no comment.
But lest we think this is going to be an easy debate, we have John Boehner declaring that we still need to fight the gay Islamofascists within, or something:
“In the middle of two wars and in the middle of this giant security threat,” RepresentativeJohn A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, said Sunday on “Meet the Press” onNBC, “why would we want to get into this debate?”
Because it’s more productive than spending all our time worrying about who’s jerking it to the Jonas Brothers? Honestly. The less time spent drumming people who want to serve their country out of the services, the more time we can spend actually fighting those wars and whatever this new giant security threat is.
What is the giant security threat, by the way? I’ve been offline most of the weekend.