News this evening coming down that the 9th Circuit Court has, once again, decided it knows better how to defend America than do our own Armed Forces, elected officials, or duly appointed and confirmed leaders of the DoD.
Still looking online for something official from the court, but the short story is that they’ve decided that, since DADT repeal is chugging along just fine, it’s time to screw up the entire process.
It seems that the court has used the continuing success of an orderly process combined with a lawless Administration which refuses to do its job to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” with respect to DOMA as its basis for deciding to run the US military regardless of what’s best for National Defense.
With former SecDef Gates predicting certification (the needed step for implementation of the end of DADT) occurring within the month, and current Secretary Panetta stating in his confirmation process that he supports repeal and will work to implement it upon certification, I’m still puzzled why LCR continued their suit.
No, I’m not puzzled as to why they said they were continuing: Because they don’t trust, apparently, the military and/or the Administration to actually do what they said they’d do (let alone follow the law). Naturally, having witnessed the current Commander in Chief in action lo these two long years, I can understand why you’d want to see the cash first. But there have been zero indications that there would be any problems with the repeal coming to fruition. Even the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps told his troops to “get over it” and press on with our duties to implement the new policy.
It boggles the mind, then, why anybody who respects the military and our mission would insist on pressing forward with this case. Let’s review the facts:
The whole purpose of passing the law last December was because everybody (except, apparently the 9th Circuit Court and the glory hounds at LCR) realized that we needed an orderly transition from the DADT world to the non-DADT world. As that process continues, it’s not any less important that it take place orderly. Any disruption is unnecessary and needlessly dangerous.
Nothing other than a completely unsubstantiated paranoia by those who clearly know very little about how the military works explains their insistence in pushing forward with preemptive ending of this policy. Or perhaps it shows an utter contempt and unseriousness about our National Defense and should be embarrassing to all gay men and lesbians in the service our not.
It’s a shame the last chapter of this drama opens with the petulance and infantile impatience of the LCR who don’t know a victory when they see one.
One of the great arguments against repeal of DADT was what I considered unrealistic and silly predictions of cataclysm if gays and lesbians were allowed to serve openly in the US Armed Forces. If and when there are problems with the repeal, we will all now actually have an answer for why: Because the children of the LCR and the 9th Circuit busybodies had so little trust and/or respect for our military that they decided that they should be the ones to dictate how change happened.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
UPDATE (from Dan): Nick, you pretty much spared me from blogging on this. That said, I may have something to add tomorrow on this matter. Log Cabin really beclowned itself here. Instead of the military working out an orderly transition to the new “regime,” we have the judiciary ordering an immediate suspension of the policy.
Wonder whether the judges striking down this policy have any record of service in our armed forces. The administration should appeal this on the grounds that the judiciary should not set military policy. It sets a dangerous precedent, especially after Congress has repealed DADT.
If the folks at Log Cabin were true conservatives, they would understand the notion of judicial restraint and the dangers of having courts intervene in matters military — especially after Congress has already acted.