More Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell Punting From the Pentagon
This is getting ridiculous. No one seriously defends the military’s exclusion of gay servicemembers. But look what happens when Defense Secretary Robert Gates gets asked about it at today’s Pentagon press conference:
Q Can I still do a follow, though, on another topic, on “don’t ask, don’t tell?” Are either of you planning to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee? I know Senator Levin has asked that you testify on the issue. And what is the status right now of conversations in the building on repealing the — repealing the law?
SEC. GATES: Senator Levin has indicated an interest in having a hearing. We’re discussing the timing of it with the committee. When that hearing is scheduled, both the chairman and I will testify. We are having continuing conversations inside the building about implementing the president’s intent.
Two wars going on and they’re a-thinking about it! Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Levin’s counterpart in the House, told a C-SPAN interviewer that he opposes repealing DADT, according to the Hill’s Roxana Tiron. All this comes on top of a leaked Joint Chiefs memorandum opposing repeal until 2011. At some point “later” means “no.”