Chairman of Jt Chiefs Mullen clearly sees DADT legislation as ‘repeal’; Gates however…

Statement by Adm. Mike Mullen on Senate Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

“I am pleased to see the Congress vote to repeal the law governing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Handling this through legislation preserves the military’s prerogative to implement change in a responsible, deliberate manner.

“More critically, it is the right thing to do. No longer will able men and women who want to serve and sacrifice for their country have to sacrifice their integrity to do so. We will be a better military as a result.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Gates and the Service chiefs as we set about the task of preparing and certifying the joint force to implement the new law. And I am committed to making sure that process is well-led, maintains our combat readiness and upholds our high standards.”

Then there’s Gates’ statement. Note the part about how they’re going to continue implementing the law. That’s ridiculous. Leave it to Gates to ruin Obama’s day of victory, and ours.

Statement by Secretary Robert Gates on Senate Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

“I welcome today’s vote by the Senate clearing the way for a legislative repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ law.

“Once this legislation is signed into law by the President, the Department of Defense will immediately proceed with the planning necessary to carry out this change carefully and methodically, but purposefully. This effort will be led by Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and himself a retired Marine Corps major general and infantry officer.

“The legislation provides that repeal will take effect once the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that implementation of the new policies and regulations written by the Department is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. As I have stated before, I will approach this process deliberately and will make such certification only after careful consultation with the military service chiefs and our combatant commanders and when I am satisfied that those conditions have been met for all the Services, commands and units.

“It is therefore important that our men and women in uniform understand that while today’s historic vote means that this policy will change, the implementation and certification process will take an additional period of time. In the meantime, the current law and policy will remain in effect.

“Successful implementation will depend upon strong leadership, a clear message and proactive education throughout the force. With a continued and sustained commitment to core values of leadership, professionalism and respect for all, I am convinced that the U.S. military can successfully accommodate and implement this change, as it has others in history.”

It’s going to be pretty darn embarrassing if they keep kicking people out, and keep defending DADT in court, after the repeal mandate is signed.




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Sen. Mark Udall (D) Polls The Joint Chiefs: All Agree They Can Implement Repeal

Over at the Wonk Room, Igor Volsky reports on a tactic taken today by Sen. Mark Udall. Several of the top military brass testifying today indicated that they were hesitant to institute the repeal in a time of war.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) — a strong proponent of repeal — said that the amendment included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered the perfect compromise: the certification process provides the military with the flexibility not to implement repeal right away, while undermining the possibility that the courts would force the Armed Forces to act quickly. Every Service Chief agreed that they were comfortable that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates would take their concerns into consideration before certifying repeal and admitted that they could effectively implement the policy change.

Critics were quick to point out that such a compromise could stall the implementation of the repeal until the end of the Afghanistan war. (And longer, should other conflicts arise before then.)

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Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs: DADT ‘Belies Us As An Institution’

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, who in the past has supported a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," reiterated his personal feelings on the policy this morning on ABC News' "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour. Mullens refused to comment on the Pentagon survey which is set to be released to the public next week. An excerpt from the transcript from the interview:

Mm AMANPOUR: You support it, though, repealing "don't
ask/don't tell"?

MULLEN: From my personal perspective, absolutely.

AMANPOUR: Because?

MULLEN: Because I think it — it belies us as an
institution. We value integrity as an institution.

AMANPOUR: You mean forcing them to lie about what
they are?

MULLEN: And then — and then asking individuals to
come in and lie about who they are every day goes counter to who we
are as an institution.

Watch the interview with Amanpour, AFTER THE JUMP. The discussion over DADT begins at the 4:45 mark.

Mullens was busy making the political show rounds this morning. He also popped over at CNN's "State of the Union" where he told Candy Crowley that brand new Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos would have no choice but to move forward with the repeal if it was indeed put into effect.

According to CNN: "Mullen said there was 'no question' that Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, an opponent of repealing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy at this time, would implement all necessary changes to allow openly gay Marines to serve if Congress passes a repeal measure. 'He basically said that if this law changes, we are going to implement it, and we are going to implement it better than anybody else,' Mullen said of comments Amos recently made at a townhall-style meeting with Marines."



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