On Thursday, considering what the president said in the State of the Union Address about repealing the ban on gays in the military, I wrote:
We have yet to see whether his Administration has, in private meetings with the Pentagon brass, laid the groundwork for repeal and whether its legislative liaison has been working with congressional leaders to set a timeline for moving the appropriate legislation forward.
Well, it appears that the Administration has indeed laid the groundwork for repeal:
The Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military.
A special investigation into how the ban can be repealed without hurting the morale or readiness of the troops was expected to be announced Tuesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
While it seems like such a process shouldn’t take so long, I do trust the military for taking charge of such matters. It is important that this be done in a manner which does not impact in an adverse way the effectiveness of our armed forces. The AP article quoted above also reports something of which I had previously been unaware: “the 1948 executive order for racial integration took five years to implement.”
The President also will be meeting next week with Gates to discuss repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. But, while the Administration is working with the military to lay the groundwork for repeal, progress on the legislative front is much slower with “Democrats in Congress . . . unlikely to press the issue until after this fall’smidterm elections.”
Given the initiative the Administration has taken in working with military leaders on this matter, right now it seems those congressional Democrats more greatly merit the scorn of the gay left than does the president.