Skip to comments.Officials: Gates unlikely to certify DADT repeal before leaving office
Posted on 06/23/2011 12:28:15 PM PDT by markomalley
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is unlikely to certify repeal of dont ask, dont tell before leaving office next week, senior defense and military officials said.
Two weeks ago, Gates said that he would finalize the repeal of the 18-year-old ban on openly gay troops if the service chiefs give him their OK before he retires on June 30. And in a message to commanders earlier this month, Army leaders said assessments on the progress and impact of the dont ask, dont tell repeal training underway since February are due this Friday, leaving open a slim possibility that certification could come before Gates steps down.
Those reports will help the Army chief of staffs office compile its final recommendations on repeal, which the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen must review before certifying the change.
Gay rights groups have for weeks been pushing for Gates to wrap up the process, concerned that his replacement, CIA director Leon Panetta, might wait several more months before moving forward. Now, with Gates retirement just days away, thats becoming less realistic.
Army spokesman Col. Thomas Collins could not say if the Friday deadline for the Army assessments means its recommendation will be completed in the next few days. He did say that repeal training is on pace with the Armys original timeframe estimates.
Nearly all active-duty soldiers will have completed the training by July 15. The sessions inform servicemembers about changes in law and policies post-repeal, as well as instruction about how troops should act around gay colleagues and reminders about existing rules regarding public displays of affection.
Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps officials said they expect to have more than 95 percent of their forces trained before the end of the month.
Once the defense secretary certifies that the services are ready for the repeal, the law will come off the books after an additional 60-day waiting period.
Until that occurs, the law remains in effect, although only one servicemember has been processed out of the military under the dont ask, dont tell law in the last eight months.
Last week, in an interview with David Letterman, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said he expects repeal to take place certainly in the next couple of months but offered no firm timetable. In his confirmation hearing, Panetta said he supported the repeal, but would not say when he expected it to be finalized.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the pro-repeal Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said his group is pushing for repeal to occur before the end of the month not because officials doubt Panettas commitment, but because closeted gay troops have already waited too long.
Their anxiety level will increase if the repeal is not certified before Gates departs, he said.
However, Sarvis said he believes certification could take place within a few weeks of Panetta taking office.
If Boehner had any balls, he would take the queering of our military option off the table by simply passing a resolution to defund any implementation actions, including military or VA funding of any medical treatment for any STD’s resulting from voluntary deviant sexual activity.
And if if the Speaker of the House cannot unilaterally pass such a bill, and coerce the Senate into including that in the budget resolution and sign it into law himself with the president’s pen, then he has no balls?
You sound like Biden screaming “Stand up Chuck! Stand up ya big lazy wus!”
Therein lies the problem.
You might want to read up on how the post Watergate House cut South Viet Nam and President Gerald Ford off at the knees when the NVA army came storming over the DMZ in violation of the truce concluded just three years earlier.
South Viet Nam requested and Ford was willing to supply naval gunfire support only-- no Americans would be exposed. But the House immediately cut off funding.