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Republicans tried every damn thing they could think of to keep Don't Ask Don't Tell from being repealed. They failed.

Congress repealed it, judges ruled against it, the Pentagon is ready for it to be gone, President Obama has certified the repeal, and Republicans are still trying to delay the final death of Don't Ask Don't Tell beyond its currently-scheduled September expiration date.

Think Progress rounds up the kicking and screaming:

– REP. BUCK MCKEON (R-CA): "The President’s certification culminates a flawed repeal assessment and adoption process and as such the House Armed Services Committee will continue to conduct vigorous oversight," Rep. McKeon said. "To aid this effort, I am calling on the administration to immediately release to Congress each of the assessments performed by the services on the impact of repeal on their forces and all the regulations and policy documents that demonstrate the questions about implementation have been resolved." [WSJ, 7/22/2011]

– REP. DUNCAN HUNTER (R-CA): "It’s a decision that stems from a campaign promise, not strategic thinking," Hunter spokesperson Joe Kasper said. "There’s 60 days from the point of certification, so there’s still time to evaluate concerns with the change and do whatever is possible to ensure the highest level of efficiency. Mr. Hunter and others will keep a close eye on things to determine what, if any, options exist going forward.: [NC Times, 7/22/2011]

– ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND: "The reports of the chiefs of the services and combat commanders that supposedly justify this move should be released in full, allowing service members, the public, and Congress to evaluate the situation themselves. This administration cannot expect America to accept its 'certification' at face value." [Christian Post, 7/23/2011]

Once again we see how quickly Republican "do whatever the military says" rhetoric turns to doubt the second the military says something Republicans don't like. Their dedication to standing in the way of progress, though, is unabated.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 01:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anglican Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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