Bil Browning

Pelosi: Place a Moratorium on DADT

Filed By Bil Browning | May 01, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Admiral Mike Mullen, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Ike Skelton, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Gates

"We all look forward to the report on the review of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy by the Defense Department. In the meantime, the administration should immediately place a moratorium on dismissals under this policy until the review has been completed and Congress has acted."

-- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reacting to a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the House Chair of Armed Services, Ike Skelton, who opposes repeal of DADT.

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Michael @ | May 1, 2010 4:42 PM

This is an EXTRAORDINARY development after Speaker Pelosi has mainly stayed mum on LGBT legislation the last 15 months, and been quoted as saying that she didn't want to burden Dems running in Nov. midterms with anything too controversial, but primarily because in one week's time she has suddenly:

1. Contradicted, at least in spirit, Dem House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer who said two weeks ago that DADT repeal would NOT be put into the House DEFAUTH bill this year. Pelosi did not specify DEFAUTH or the standalone bill, but she is not just challenging Hoyer's indifference but the outright homophobic hostility of powerful House Armed Services Chair [and 1993 House sponsor of DADT] Ike Skelton to repeal who was the cause of that letter yesterday in which Gates and Mullen finally ripped off their phony repeal-advocate masks.

2. Challenged her President and virtual head of her Party who has, to the best of my knowledge, never even SAID the word "freeze." He ignored Dem Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's call for a freeze last June [as, stupidly, did 99% of Gayland], and danced around Anderson Cooper's direct question a few weeks later of why he wouldn't do it.

"COOPER: Your critics, and even some of your supporters, say, look, you could stop enforcement right now of don't ask, don't tell. You could defer enforcement until you prod Congress to act.
Why not? Why not act?

OBAMA: Look, I have had conversations with Bob Gates, as well as Admiral Mullen, about the fact that I want to see this law changed. I also want to make sure that we are not simply ignoring a congressional law. If Congress passes a law that is constitutionally valid, then it's not appropriate for the executive branch simply to say, we will not enforce a law. It is our duty to enforce laws."

Permit little old moi to correct the one-time Constitutional law prof:

1. Congress passed "10 USC 12305" in 1983 giving the President blanket authority to override ANY other law and stop ANY discharges in the name of national security.
2. In June, Obama said there was an "urgency" to stopping gay discharges because they are unjust AND weaken national security.
3. Only the Supreme Court can rule that a law is "constitutional" and they've never made such a ruling on DADT.
4. He has CHOSEN to ignore other laws. As of last August, according to DADT expert Nathaniel Frank, "the president has used signing statements—which instruct officials to ignore portions of Congressional law—five times to challenge nineteen provisions of federal statute, including a law restricting the use of U.S. troops in United Nations commands and a war spending bill that funds troops and U.S. operations worldwide."

One can theorize why Pelosi declared there would be a repeal vote, and note that such doesn't necessarily mean she'll fight for its passage [tho I can't imagine her not], but the bigger question is why she made the much bigger choice: to challenge POTUS on a freeze.

I'm guessing that it had a great deal to do with the naked homophobic arrogance in that letter backing Skelton from Gates and Mullen, and even more with a sentence in the White House statement endorsing their letter:

"That's why WE'VE said that the implementation of any congressional repeal WILL BE DELAYED until the DOD study of how best to implement that repeal is completed."

"EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME!!!!" one can imagine Pelosi exploding, breaking her pearls. "It's up to CONGRESS to decide when OUR legislation will be implemented NOT the White House!!!!!"

Despite the three months they succeeded in keeping most of Gayland narcotized with Gates' and Mullen's phony empathy, their all but tearing up before the Senate and claiming, "Discharges hurt us more than the gays," the curtain has been pulled back on the chicanery of the cabal made up of the White House, the DOD, and Trogs in Congress.

ObamaRahm is still unlikely to use his powers to order a freeze [that Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin has also encouraged], but there is no way this is not going to amplify the pressure on him to support repeal THIS year when, if it doesn't happen this year, it's certifiably dead until at least 2013.

It's one thing to fuck with protestors daring bypass your shill Robert Gibbs and challenge you directly. It's one thing to fuck with LGBT vets handcuffed in uniform to the fence around THE PEOPLE'S White House. It's another thing to fuck with a diminutive woman in a Chanel suit who happens to be both independently wealthy and Speaker of the House.

Good luck with that. Good luck to us all.