In the course of my cross country travels and conversations with friends, I found time to respond to AOL’s request to opine on the sudden, swift forward motion on repeal of DADT.
Let me whet your appetite with the first few paragraphs:
Some day, perhaps, when someone writes about the legislative record of the Obama administration, they might better be able to understand the bizarre manner in which the president’s team moved forward on repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT).
Unlike the previous Democrat to occupy the Oval Office, President Obama didn’t rush to act on gays in the military in the first days of his administration. President Clinton’s clumsy attempt to repeal the ban on gay service in the military led to DADT, codifying the ban in law, whereas previously it had been an executive order that the president could repeal at his discretion.
This time, the current president acted with greater deliberation, sometimes indeed it seemed excessive deliberation. While Obama had promised in his campaign to repeal DADT, his team didn’t give any indication of forward motion until last October, when administration officials asked Sen. Joe Lieberman to spearhead legislative efforts to reverse the ban. Well-respected in military circles, the Connecticut Independent who caucuses with the Democrats often sides with Republicans on matters of national security.
You can read the rest here.