Gates caves to religious right, orders investigation of DADT Study leak

Let’s hope this isn’t a lesson about the Pentagon’s backbone when it’s up against foreign theocrats.

Wednesday night, we learned that the Pentagon DADT study showed “minimal” impact from ending the ban on open service.

The domestic theocrats, who over the past year or so seem to have choreographed a number of very anti-gay leaks from the Pentagon, went apoplectic. Yesterday, the Family Research Council asked for an investigation of that leak about the Pentagon’s DADT study:

So Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s supporters shouldn’t be too happy about the leak.

And Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, isn’t. Today he suggested the leak “gravely undermine[s]” the Comprehensive Review Working Group’s study and asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Defense Department’s inspector general to investigate.

Apparently, FRC holds great sway over the Pentagon, because, today, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell announced that there will indeed be an investigation:

“For nearly nine months the Working Group has operated in strict accordance to that mandate. Anonymous sources now risk undermining the integrity of this process.

“The Secretary strongly condemns the unauthorized release of information related to this report and has directed an investigation to establish who communicated with the Washington Post or any other news organization without authorization and in violation of Department policy and his specific instruction.

“The full report will be made public for all to review early next month. Until then, no one at the Pentagon will comment on its contents.”

Earlier today, by press release, HRC demanded that the Pentagon release the DADT study ASAP. Based on this statement, that ain’t happening. Not even close.

On the other hand, FRC demands an investigation and it happens, pronto. Shows who has influence, huh?

Who is running this administration anyway?


—  admin

HRC caves on DADT appeal

Well that didn’t take long:

“It is certainly disappointing and frustrating that the administration has sought a stay,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. “There is one simple way to put the endless legal wrangling behind us and do what the president and the American people want to strengthen our military: The administration and Congress need to finish the legislative work on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal after the election.”

No, the simple way to end DADT is for the President to stop appealing our court victories, stop defending DADT if he does appeal, and stop the discharges immediately using his stop-loss powers.

HRC claimed it wanted the President not to appeal, and now, even though he hasn’t officially appealed yet (he’s just indicated he will), and there’s still time for HRC to mount the same kind of effort it recently mounted against the Mormons, HRC says “oh well” and goes home. Why can’t HRC get 100,000 petitions, urging the President not to appeal, and drop them off at the White House, just like they did in Salt Lake City? Or would that jeopardize next year’s dinner speaker?

Remember, HRC promised us that DADT would be repealed this year. Tick tock. We’re all very curious what that m a year is buying us. We know what it’s buying the Democratic Party – political cover – but what about us?


—  John Wright