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Back in Your Court, Obama

With the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a challenge to the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, President Obama has been given a bit of a reprieve. Had the court rejected his administration's request not to hear the appeal, the man who has promised to do away with the nonsensical "don't ask don't tell" policy would have had to defend it before the High Court.

But while he has avoided that awkward scenario, Obama will have to do more than continue to make promises. Valuable gay troops, such as Arab linguist Lt. Daniel Choi, are getting the heave-ho. At a time when the United States is engaged in two wars, we can’t afford for men and women who want to serve their country to be drummed out because of who they are.

Since the Pentagon isn't ready to do away with the 16-year-old policy on its own, this is going to require leadership -- leadership that only Obama can provide. Would that he showed a sign he's willing to exert it.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 8, 2009; 4:23 PM ET
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BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S APPEASEMENT FOREIGN POLICIES WEAKEN THE U.S.!!!

Coward liar Barack HUSSEIN Obama "Apologist in chief", how can he keep his nonsense promise during his campaign, that is, negotiating with U.S. enemies such as North Korea and Iran, which have never respected any treaty with U.S., especially when North Korea just launched many missile and nuclear tests and illegally arrested two American journalists Laura Ling and Eunu Lee, while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an extremist who has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and denied the holocaust, again defied U.S. and Europe with his racist hate speech against Israel at a U.N. anti-racism conference? Is Obama going to bow to Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejas as he did to King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia to gain his peace deals? Is he willing to convert to Islam, his Kenyan father and Indonesian step father's religion, to meet Osama Bin Laden's requirement that in order to end the Iraq war, U.S. troop withdrawal is not enough, Americans must reject their democratic system and embrace Islam? Just recently, Obama said that he would support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections, giving a green light to Teheran's ambituous uranium enrichment program, which can be used for its discreet nuclear bomb development program as well, without suffering sanctions and economic isolation as it currently endures. Does Obama want Iran to become another North Korea using its nuclear power to terrorize the U.S and its allies? As for a Palestinian state demanded by Obama, it will undoubtedly soon become a TERRORIST state under control of terrorist militant group Hamas, which is the most powerful and popular force with its goal to destroy Israel and which won a majority seats in the current Palestinian National Authority in 2006 election and ousted Fatah militant group of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas of Gaza in 2007. Last but not least, Obama ordered to stop waterboarding tactic used by CIA, even it worked well on terrorist suspects like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-describer planner of 9-11 attacks who provided CIA with valuable information, preventing more 9-11 attacks and saving thousands of American lives.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

TIMNGUYEN1

Don't you have a bed to hide under?

Honestly, if Obama had come out trashing Iran do you think it would enhance or detract from Ahmadinejad's reelection?

Nor is stating facts an apology. I don't believe Obama ever used the word.

As for N.Korea it was the US under Bush that first broke the agreement.

Iran has every right to develope nuclear energy.

Who died and made the US god? Your rant looks like fascism.

Posted by: timothy2me | June 9, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

TIMNGUYEN would appear to have a tumor pressing on his frontal lobe. How he got all of the above from anything President Obama said clearly has more to do with his internal fantasy life then reality.

It's about time the military gave up this silly policy of "don't ask, don't tell". Gays in the military are just Americans who want to do their duty for their country like many of us did. It was once believed blacks in the military would lower moral or effect unit combat effectiveness. As history has shown that was equally as silly. It's time to grow up and see people as just people.

Posted by: kchses1 | June 9, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

All he has to do is sign an executive order repealing these discharges. If anything else these discharges risk our security. Look at the thousands of linguists discharged pre 9/11. Just think of what could have been prevented.

Maybe a savvy legislator can insert a paragraph in the next military appropiations bill or continuing resolution repealing these discharges.

As Barry Goldwater said "As long as they can shoot straight"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | June 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

to Tim. Looks like you have upset the koolaid drinkers who are still being bamboozled by their Messiah. But you are right about Obama and his empty pomises and his slobbering all over the Muslims and Iran. He would love to blame Israel for the Iran mess but it wont work. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has nothing to do with Iran, except Obama will make it look like Iran developed their weapons beause Israel refused to budge. Obama is afraid to confront Iran and now he is resigned to letting them go nuclear. Elections do have consequences and we are in big trouble with this President forcing his views on everyone.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | June 9, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats in an attempt to regain control of Congress has gone off the deep end and are stearing our Senate and House of Representatives away from a democratic form of govt. to a socialistic system. The Democrats claim its necesary to salvage our economy. In reality the democrats are going to have change their logo to Socialists with the next stop Communists Sympathizers.

Posted by: a4853916 | June 9, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

During Feudalism, 9th - 14th century (800 -1300) ... During Mercantilism, 14th - 18th century (1300 - 1700) ... I wonder whether citizens, groups, and politicians of these eras called each other "ad hominem names" ... those radicals, militants, etc are going to turn our feudalist society into a mercantilist society ... our mercantilist society into a capitalist society ... our capitalist society into a socialist nation ... our socialist society into a communist society ... and so on.

If one has astutely studied the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, neither claimed in the Communist Manifesto or any of their other works that "capitalism" would inevitably become "socialism" or "communism". Moreover, no modern-day nation (be it the old Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or present-day Russia, Cuba, China, etc.) evolved into the "ideal society" Marx and Engels theorized. Only a few nations, such as our 21st century welfare-capitalist American democrasy, Sweden and other European nations, have welfare-state elements theorized in the Marx/Hegel vision, because the citizens of these nations forced immoral capitalist practices to redeem itself ... such as disease-ridden sweat shop factories, brutal forms of discrimination, etc.

Many of us suffer historical amnesia. Classical thinkers like Marx and Hegel, other brilliant philosophers, and our own founding founders, were radicals, terrorist, militants, and traitors during their era. Yet none of these "visionaries" could theorize or even sci-fi fantasize about the technology, diversity, economic systems, types of government, and modern-day-wars and weapons our nation and species have come to create today. Even the 16th century Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame), proclaimed to have ESP, didn't have the cognitive genius to foretell about our 21st century hi-tech, resource-rich, flights-to-outer-space, complex-geopolitical world.

So I ask, why do so many of us less than genius, less than rational/logical beings, want to play GOD or pretend we have ESP: delude ourselves that we are all-knowing about America's future or our species? We are the myopic-primates of our era compared to what our future society and generations could or could not become. Even our most futuristic sci-fi fantasies might not approximate our future. So, yes, our societies will change or perhaps become extinct. But change into what or become extinct remains unknown. Or perhaps we'll be invaded, conquered, and enslaved by ETs ... who will view us ALL as inferior-primates, regardless of our race, class, gender, age, political party, or sexual orientation.

Posted by: GroupThink | June 11, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh, dear! Previous comments are mostly rants on issues irrelevant (or at best tangential) to Jonathan's post. What's going on here? All that vitriol...

As to Jonathan's actual remarks, I am in complete agreement. Mr. Obama needs to step up and make a decision, even if some of his top Pentagon advisers have reservations.

Give us what you promised, Mr. President. The military rank-and-file, as well as the general public, are in favor of accepting all who are willing to serve this country. Ending "don't ask, don't tell" is the right thing to do.

Posted by: jeanparkslynn | June 11, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

How I wish you would all be less hostile! President Obama did not apologize, he just tried to get a dialogue going. As a Jew I hope the Israelis stop illegally building in Gaza and the West Bank and really WORK towards a two state solution. As for Hamas, Hezbollah and the rest of the Arab world - it would be less cowardly if you would finally acknowledge Israel's existence and it's RIGHT to exist. Ahmadinnejad is nuts. Let's hope the Obama effect comes in to play on June 12th and the Iranians (once thought to be the most educated in the region) can show the world they're not backwards. As for Daniel Choi - I don't know why he thought challenging the President in this manner would be successful - but you Mr Capehart and Mr Choi are both right - DA/DT must end it's too pointless.

Posted by: u028021 | June 11, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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