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Why sudden swift action on DADT repeal?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:51 am - May 28, 2010.
Filed under: 111th Congress,DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell)

Like Bruce, I was surprised at the swiftness of the sudden movement on DADT.  For his first sixteen months in office, President Obama failed to use his executive powers to limit the reach of the ban, making it more difficult to dismiss service members who happen to be gay.

Now, all of a sudden, Congress acts.  To be sure, I am pleased with this move in the right direction, but troubled by the paucity of debate on the current bill.  And  concerned that there does not appear to be a timeline for executive action once Congress passes repeal.

All that said, what I most wonder about is why, after all this shilly-shallying around, Democrats decided to suddenly, swiftly taken action.

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  1. Thanks for you thoughtful comments on AOL tonight. I realize it can be frustrating when you can’t lead the movement to DADT repeal. But, hollering foul about politics doesn’t become you. Please don’t add more dissent to our best hope of advancement – what happed in Congress is the essence of the political process. It wouuld be refresihng to hear at least one conservative act conservatively rather than joing the crowd of nay sayers who are going to turn what is left of the GOP into the most pathetic and misguided movement in US History….

    Comment by Dr Bill Rohde — May 31, 2010 @ 3:57 am - May 31, 2010

  2. Bill, dissent? Naysayers? Huh?

    Why shouldn’t I express some concerns about this issue even if I think it it a step in the right direction? And why do you feel the need to alert us to your prejudices against the Republican Party?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 31, 2010 @ 9:16 am - May 31, 2010

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