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    The plan worked; perhaps not to your complete and utter satisfaction, but it worked.  This is politics.  This is how things get done.

    If DADT had been ended by the fiat of executive order without the seemingly interminable steps than have preceded this, it could just as easily have be reinstituted in the future with exactly the same mechanism in the name of "protecting the unity and esprit de corp of our armed forces" or some other such inane drivel.

    And this is, face it, a leap in the right direction that is going to be difficult to overturn.

    And it's not a "crime to not be in love with Obama here."  In fact I -- who has visited here at least once almost ever single day since I joined back over six years ago -- have actively avoided this place for weeks because of near-constant deluge of depressing, enthusiasm-sapping back-biting and negativity.

    ... and we have seen the black suns | pouring forth the night. -- Clark Ashton Smith

    by bustacap on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 06:57:31 PM PST

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    •  The thing of it is, (1+ / 0-)
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      it isn't about my dissatisfaction. It appears, the strategy of attaching it to the NDAA made the NDAA a the sacrificial lamb, after it got voted down twice.

      Vet groups are rightfully very upset. There were pay raises, new programs to address PTSD, sexual assault, and a bunch of other things, that will have to wait. Or, because of Speaker Boehner, will now be lost forever.

      So the bottom line isn't quite as simple. DADT did get repealed, but the plan definitely came at a cost. Gay troops won, but all troops suffered.

      Now passing 1,000 Choi Units into the Obama administration.

      by Scott Wooledge on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 07:30:19 PM PST

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    •  It can still be reinstituted. (0+ / 0-)

      I really wish people would read this statute.  There's nothing in it that protects LGB servicemembers from dismissal based on sexual orientation.  There's nothing in it that guarantees LGB servicemembers the right to serve openly, or even to serve at all.

      Instead, the statute gives the Pentagon unfettered discretion to make policy in this area.  Assuming that all of the certifications are made, and that 10 U.S.C. § 654 is finally actually repealed, any future administration will have the power to reinstitute DADT or an even harsher policy if it so chooses.  The administration and Congress made a deliberate decision NOT to include nondiscrimination guarantees in the statute.  

      Maladie d'Amour, Où l'on meurt d'Aimer, Seul et sans Amour, Sid'abandonné

      by FogCityJohn on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 08:38:32 PM PST

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