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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Could Be Headed for Veto

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Posted on May 28, 2010
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Double trouble: Defense Secretary Robert Gates listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the White House last November.

The good news, for those awaiting the repeal of the military’s oppressive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, is that the House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of lifting the policy. However, it’s far from a done deal, and two very big obstacles—Barack Obama and Robert Gates—may block it from becoming law.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

The bill repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military could present the Obama administration with a problem: It also contains money for projects the Pentagon considers wasteful.

The White House has threatened to veto any bill containing money for weapons programs that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is trying to eliminate as part of his campaign to tame the Pentagon budget.

As a result, President Obama could end up vetoing Congress’ repeal of the ban on gays in the military, a legal change he promised to push through during his campaign for the White House.

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By Alejandro, May 29, 2010 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately repeal of this law is going to effect military recruitment as well as unit cohesion and strict military disipline. Most if not all of the majority of the people that favor repealing this law have never served in the military and do not understand that the military is not a Democracy and that, is how it should be.

Trying to make the military accept Homosexuality as a normal life style is a recipe for disaster and a violation of the [sprit de corps] that keeps America safe.

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By dihey, May 29, 2010 at 4:27 am Link to this comment

My last clause should have been: “superior can ask, soldier must answer and out you go!”

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By dihey, May 29, 2010 at 4:18 am Link to this comment

Quote: “The bill repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military…”
Why on earth do you reprint this arrant nonsense? The bill only aims at repealing DADT but does nothing to change the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a. k. a. USC 10 G 654. As long as that is not repealed the repeal of DADT is actually dangerous because it restores: superior can ask and soldier must answer.

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