There has been a great deal of what I’d deem as stunning TV lately.? Obama addressing House Republicans in Baltimore comes to mind.? More on that later.? Yesterday, Admiral Mike Mullen addressed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military.? His testimony was stunning:
Rachel Maddow had a great segment exposing John McCain’s hypocrisy in saying that he’d change the policy if military leaders said we should.? Well, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs just said it.? Now what, John?
The nation’s top two military officials just called for the end of DADT.? The President of the United States has made it clear what direction he wants to go in.? These are different times we are living in.? If you need to ask where the change is in the Obama administration you aren’t looking hard enough.
This is a good thing.? This is a step forward.? Kudos to President Obama, Admiral Mullen, and Defense Secretary Gates.? Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell, who originally argued in favor of DADT, has signed on with his support of Mullen and Gates:
In the almost seventeen years since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. The principal issue has always been the effectiveness of the Armed Forces and order and discipline in the ranks. I strongly believe that this is a judgment to be made by the current military leadership and the Commander in Chief. It is also a judgment Congress must make. For the past two years, I have expressed the view that it was time for the law to be reviewed by Congress. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will be closely following future hearings, the views of the Service Chiefs and the implementation work being done by the Department of Defense.
These are the kinds of things that make me smile.? Progress.? 😉