Thursday, March 04, 2010

Can Congress end "don't ask don't tell" (now Lieberman's Senate bill, too) in 2010?

Ed O’Keefe has a summary article on p A19 ("The Fed Page") of the Thursday, March 4, 2010 Washington Post, “Democrats pledge quick end to ‘don’t ask don’t tell’; Senate bill would lift ban on gays serving openly in military,” link here.

The article refers to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act announced yesterday by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT, formerly Democrat), discussed on this blog last Saturday (Feb. 27) prospectively. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) expects to convene a panel to examine lifting the policy, but some reports say that this may take until Dec. 1 to complete the report. Back in 1993, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” had been codified into law with a Defense Authorization Act passed on Nov. 30, 1993. On the other hand, some observers think that the end of the policy can come much sooner. Some Republicans and others are insisting on much more military input besides that of the JCS Chief ADM Michael Mullen. I still personally think that it’s noteworthy that a few days after 9/11, Senator Carl Levin proposed resuming the draft on CNN.

It’s noteworthy that the military is changing in other ways. Soon women will be allowed to serve on submarines, the most possible military environment, helping to defuse “privacy” arguments (originally articulated in 1993 by Senator Sam Nunn) to defend the ban on gays. (“They don’t go home at night like you and I do”, Nunn used to say. But, as my own writings have shown for the past twelve years, this has an effect on gay civilians, too.)

A friend sent me this reference in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Colleges await end of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’; change on military’s policy on gay people would ease way for campus recruiters”, link here. Of course, that brings up the Solomon Amendment issue.

The same persons sent me this link to some comments in The Washington Times. Some of the comments are pretty far out. Here’s the link.

Pictures: From Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ordnance Museum. That's where I went yesterday to "commemorate" Lieberman's bill and also what happened in DC (the first day for marriage licenses). Never take your freedoms for granted!

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