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Gates: Abrupt end to 'don't ask' would have 'enormous consequences'

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Craig Whitlock and Scott Wilson:

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that an abrupt end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would have "enormous consequences" for troops.
Gates declined to answer directly when asked whether the administration should appeal a federal court injunction ordering the military to immediately end the policy. But he said he wants to proceed with his preferred approach: to allow the Defense Department to complete, by Dec. 1, a review of how to integrate gay men and lesbians in the armed forces, followed by an act of Congress that would overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" law.
"I feel very strongly that this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress, and that it is an action that requires careful preparation and a lot of training," Gates told reporters on board a military aircraft as he flew to Brussels for a NATO meeting.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 13, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Military  
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Is anyone surprised by this?

Progressives/liberals have a lengthy history of running to sympathetic Constitution-and-law-ignoring activist judges to achieve victories they can never realize legislatively.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 13, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

dbw1: Yep, we do run to the courts when legislatures discriminate against Americans. Just like Brown v. Board of Education.

Posted by: CarolAnne1 | October 14, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Obama repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (sort of)
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...while still being able to tell conservatives he DIDN'T.


AND he gave the thumbs-up to drilling in the gulf (sort of)
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...while still being able to tell liberals that he didn't do THAT, either.

For a guy with no political savvy, this seems politically savvy.

"Slick" Willy Clinton may have to surrender the title...


Posted by: jgravelle | October 14, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

.....,let me understand this......while an entire class of citizens suffers discrimination in violation of the very Constitution Gates swore to uphold, he wants to leave that discrimination in place while he "studies" the matter!

Posted by: wp121606 | October 14, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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