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  •  Not the same thing. (2+ / 0-)
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    Citizen Earth, irishwitch

    We ARE having the same expediency. Today's hearing is the result of that. There has been a sea change at the Pentagon. The SecDef and JCS Chairman have both testified before Congress that DADT is wrong and should be repealed.

    "Jane, you ignorant slut." --Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live

    by homogenius on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 02:51:41 PM PST

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    •  The Fort Hood report (1+ / 0-)
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      took about 60 days from the time it was commissioned until delivery to the SECDEF.  For DADT, the SECDEF expects a study to take the better part of this year.  Then he expects another year to implement the recommendations of the policy panel if Congress decides to repeal the law by that time.  Will a Republican Congress decide to do that next year?

      •  False assumptions. (2+ / 0-)
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        Citizen Earth, irishwitch
        1. Congress is considering repeal NOW.
        1. Presumably, it would take effect in the new fiscal year. Congress could set a date later than that.
        1. Fort Hood was a review of what happened. This review is what NEEDS to happen in the future.
        1. What do you think is involved in implementation? It's not just "DADT is over...all personnell can glitter and be gay". There are new regs to write, and new training for Officers, NCOs and enlisted. How long do you think it will take to roll out all of that? I think a year sounds about right.

        I don't understand what everyone is so upset about. I think Gates has it about right.

        "Jane, you ignorant slut." --Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live

        by homogenius on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 03:12:10 PM PST

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        •  Did you watch today's hearing at all? (1+ / 0-)
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          irishwitch

          Sen. Levin discussed with Secretary Gates the concept of Congress taking up the issue with the law after the DOD's study was complete -- so Congress isn't planning to act until next year!  What Congress will we have next year?

          I am all too familiar with the policies and processes that DOD needs to deal with to make this shift, but Congress needs to enact repeal language before mid-terms.  They can delay implementation, but at least put repeal into law before the Republicans get a shot at the House and Senate again!

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