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.