ABC News Z. Byron Wolf reports that Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee
. . . told reporters today that he has delayed plans to hold Senate hearings to examine the current “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy at the request of administration officials. Why would they want him to hold off? The officials Levin talked to said they expect the President will address the issue of homosexuals serving in the military during the State of the Union Address.
Let’s hope he’s right. By using the bully pulpit, Obama could set things in motion for speedy repeal. But, if he is to address tis tomorrow night, then, let’s also hope that he has already laid the groundwork for repeal by avoiding the mistakes Bill Clinton made 17 years ago, having first consulted with the military brass before making his move.
Such a move would not only be good for our national security as it would increase the pool of available recruits. (Nor would our armed forces have to divert resources to rooting out homosexuals.) This would also help Obama protect his left flank. Indeed, Allahpundit wonders “if the big reason Obama has held back on this until now (and, maybe, on gay marriage) is precisely because he’s thinking strategically and wants to be able to toss it out there when he most needs a boost from his base. This ought to do it.”
Not just that, most polls shows that Americans favor repealing DADT, with even a substantial majority of conservatives favoring allowing openly gay men and lesbian to serve in the armed forces.