Alex Blaze

Obama is weak because of DADT survey

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 15, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"So, what's the purpose of the poll that President Obama and the Pentagon are conducting among 400,000 U.S. military personnel to determine their feelings about serving with gay men and women?

This isn't the sign of a commander-in-chief at the helm. The poll can be interpreted as President Obama's uncertainty about ending the "don't-ask, don't-tell" policy on gays in the military. Or, it's a sign he believes in a participatory, democratic military, an oxymoron. Or, he's conditioning the military for a change in policy. Or, he's buckled to political critics who want to "study" the effect of gays serving openly. Or, his decision hinges on how 400,000 answer the survey questions.

Any of which undermines Obama's image as a decision-maker."

--Columnist Pat Murphy on the DADT survey


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Uh, or he handed the entire process off to the people who want to kill repeal because that's what he wants, but wishes to maintain the illusion that he's for repeal.

Just like he pulled with health care "reform" and the public option. Hand if off to 3 blue dogs and 3 republicans in the pocket of the insurance/pharma industries and undermine the public option every way you can while still maintaining how much you "support" it.

Par for the course for Obama. Say one thing, do the exact opposite, and hope nobody notices.

Certainly, I can not be the only one that has noticed a pattern in President Obama's behavior. Unlike other Presidents, he doesn't ever send a bill to Congress but prefers to hand the task to others. In this manner, he can avoid responsibility if all fails or take credit for it being his agenda item if the bill passes.

President Obama is no leader; he's just another political animal and this is not change anyone should believe in! Transparency? I think he's transparent as h***!

A. J. Lopp | July 15, 2010 5:02 PM

Oh, he's only following the established historical protocol.

Truman asked all the service ranks what they thought before he began the desegregation of the military in 1948, didn't he?

... and didn't the US Supreme Court conduct a national opinion survey before they handed down Brown v. Board of Education in 1950? Just the way that Thurgood Marshall petitioned them to do?

Surveys like this bring forward a remarkable political concensus that serves to unite the country again and again.

Yeah, right.

More likely:

Obama knows he will lose control of Congress in November, and if he stalls until then he can blame non-repeal on the Republicans.

Exactly the type of bi-partisan cooperation he promised us during his campaign --- and in this instance, the GOP is cooperating with him perfectly!

OR, it's just a stall tactic until after the mid-term elections.

Regardless, I'm still waiting for the survey to go out to the troops on how they feel about fighting in two fake wars drummed up by the Bush Administration.