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03/30/2009

Video: A 'push down' in need of a pushback

by Jeremy Hooper

Kinda making it sound as if it were an old dilapidated Jeep that's been stripped of its engine, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates suggested this weekend that a repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy could/should be "pushed down the road":

But hey, he was on Fox News. There's something in the air in those studios that automatically makes you drop pro-gay points upon every inhalation. Seriously, we hear that even when Larry Kramer goes in, activist guns'a'blazin, he comes out with a willingness to rationally discuss the possibility that maybe, just maybe, he is a second-class citizen. The queer-reluctanct vibes, believed to be part of O'Reilly's initial sign-on bonus, are simply that powerful.

We just hope that Gibbs' Fox News "push" is not a sign that Pres. Obama might renege on the promise to push military bias out of the barracks. Maddow: Book a senior military official into your pro-gay spa studio, ASAP!

Robert Gates speaks with Fox Sunday that the `Don`t ask,don`t tell`Questions are wrong yet [YT]

**SEE ALSO: SLDN responds:

"Sec. Gates hardly gave a sound reason for kicking 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' down the road -- or essentially back tracking on a campaign promise made by his Commander in Chief," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. "I trust the secretary was not speaking for President Obama, who, hopefully, will issue the call for repeal when he sends his Defense Department budget to Congress in a few weeks. This is about timely leadership."
SLDN Responds to Sec. Gates on Fox News Sunday [SLDN]

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Your thoughts

If he reneges then I'm calling for his impeachment.

Posted by: Attmay | Mar 30, 2009 9:12:43 AM

I was mad when I saw this, but now I think, let's not book the military in until after the G-20 meetings, then at least the dog WILL be in the Whitehouse, they make great distractions.

Posted by: LOrionL | Mar 30, 2009 12:09:32 PM

I'm willing to give the administration a little slack on this, providing the military keeps its part of the DADT, you know, the part where THEY DON"T ASK. Obama can stop the witch hunts and the discharges right now. The military has never kept their part of this deal.

Posted by: Houston | Mar 30, 2009 12:19:31 PM

It certainly does seem like a somewhat disingenuous argument to me, given that the administration keeps telling the right-wingers who claim they're spreading themselves too thin and trying to tackle too many issues at once that it IS entirely possible to multi-task and do more than one thing at a time.

So, what, all of a sudden, they HAVE reached some limit of the number of balls they can keep in the air (no pun intended)? Somehow a completely separate part of the gov't that isn't in the least involved with getting our economy back on-track can't deal with impementing a policy change? Uh, huh. Riiight.

Posted by: JWSwift | Mar 30, 2009 1:08:58 PM

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