Thursday, March 25, 2010

The fierce urgency of incrementalism

Robert Gates announced today that he was directing the military to limit the enforcement of "Don't ask, don't tell." Effective immediately, it becomes much harder to discharge a soldier under DADT unless they actually out themselves. It's certainly a step in the right direction.

It is disappointing that over a year into the Obama administration, we've got the DoD looking into how to end DADT and a decision to lessen the enforcement. It is easy, as someone who is not personally invested in gay rights issues, to say "hey, health care was important, DADT had to wait." I can understand, however, that Dan Choi does not feel that way.

Unfortunately, it is going to take an act of congress to overturn DADT completely. That means 60 votes in the senate, before this November. I am very doubtful that this will happen.I guess that bridge will be crossed when we get there, but for now this is the most that can reasonably be done. I wonder if the GOP will be as concerned with public opinion as they were with health care if/when Joe Lieberman's bill to repeal DADT hits the floor? Somehow I think it will have as much effect as the opinion of top flag officers.

1 comment:

  1. The above post is what happens when you feel like you ought to comment on something, but don't really have anything substantive to add. Sorry guys.