I will admit that I never initially trusted the Pentagon to be above board with its DADT study. Indeed, I feared the top military brass would endeavor to have the study skewed so as to justify retaining the religious based discriminatory policy that is DADT.
However, to my surprise, I have been pleased with it overall. Moreover, I have been even more impressed with some of the military leadership who understand - without directly stating it - that DADT is an assault on the U.S. Constitution and the supposed guarantee of equality and religious freedom for all citizens.
If DADT is not repealed, in my view, the U. S. Senate and the leadership of the Republican Party will be confirming to the world that America and it's Constitution are, in fact, a fraud.
I was impressed with these remarks made by Admiral Mullen when challenged by John McCain - or is John McSenile more apt? - in respect to Mullen's leadership experience:
With all due respect, Mr. Chairman and Sen. McCain, it is true that, as chairman, I am not in charge of troops. But I have commanded three ships, a carrier battle group and two fleets. And I was most recently a service chief myself. For more than 40 years I have made decisions that affected and even risked the lives of young men and women.
"You do not have to agree with me on this issue. But don't think for one moment that I haven't carefully considered the impact of the advice I give on those who will have to live with the decisions that that advice informs. I would not recommend repeal of this law if I did not believe in my soul that it was the right thing to do for our military, for our nation and for our collective honor."
And meanwhile what's Barack Obama doing? According to the Washington Blade, nothing! The man is proving again and again in my opinion that his honesty and truthfulness is zero. All those campaign promises to LGBT Americans truly meant nothing to the man. Here are highlights from the Blade:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he's unaware of any attempt by President Obama to convince fence-sitting senators to support "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal following the release of the Pentagon report on the military's gay ban -- but said Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made calls to influence lawmakers.
Asked by the Washington Blade on Wednesday whether the president has been reaching out to senators following publication of the study, Gibbs replied, "Not that I'm aware of."
Living in the Hampton Roads area with a huge miliary personnel population (we have service members in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines in abundance), I see the corrosive damage done by DADT on a daily basis both in terms of the stress it places on my LGBT friends who are in the the military and many of my LGBT clients who must live a lie every day to avoid potential discharge. Believe me, the witch hunts for gays do happen regardless of claims to the contrary.
DADT does nothing but perpetuate Christianist anti-gay bigotry. And frankly, It's to the point with Obama where I stand ready to work on the campaign of any Democrat that will challenge him for the 2012 nomination. If that challenger is credible, I know many folks in this region who are ready and waiting to drop Obama like a putrid hot potato.