Saturday, May 22, 2010

Former Clinton JCS urges "repeal only" law to start the end of "don't ask don't tell"

Former JCS chairman (under President Clinton) John M. Shalikashvili has an op-ed on p. A15 of the Washington Post on Saturday May 22, “’Don’t ask, don’t tell’: repeal now”, link here. The online title of the piece “tells” more:

“Congress should repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and let the Pentagon do the rest”.

His argues for a “repeal only” bill, and let the Pentagon design the rules of conduct and, where possible, non-discrimination in benefits and assignments. He obviously believes that an Obama Pentagon will come up with an even-handed policy similar to that recommended by the Rand Corporation in its 1993 book. He makes the point that “repeal only” gives the Pentagon the capability to design and implement its own rules without the shackles of the 1993 law.

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