Wednesday, June 03, 2009

DAY 17: DADT Update

Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He writes regularly for the Washington Examiner and yesterday he wrote “” The damning paradox of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’” – it’s a really good piece which you can read by clicking HERE.

One of the things Singer says is “When running for president, Barack Obama made a commitment to end “don’t ask, don’t tell”; but by one report, 218 service members have been discharged under the policy since he and the new Congress took office. It is now well past time to put national security over social politics, and to allow patriotic and capable Americans like Lt. Dan Choi to continue to serve their nation.”

Also yesterday, MSNBC host David Shuster criticized the President, calling him hypocritical for leaving the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy in place, despite a campaign pledge to end the ban. Shuster singled out Obama in his "Hypocrisy Watch" series, complaining, "But, here we are, more than four months into your administration and the 'Don't Ask/Don't Tell' policy remains in place." Referencing Dan Choi, whom we have been speaking of just about every day here, he said, "To continue to kick out soldiers like Daniel Choi, to continue 'Don't Ask/Don't Tell' four months into your presidency, that's hypocrisy and it's wrong."

Well my friends, what do YOU think? I keep hoping to hear some of your comments. Write to me! Write to President Obama too and write to your representatives and senators!

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