WALLACE: In January, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave a one word answer, “Yes” when asked if this President is going to end the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for gays in the military. Where does that stand and why is there currently money in the 2010 budget to keep enforcing that policy?
GATES: Well it continues to be the law. Uh and any change in the policy would require a change in the law. Uh, we will follow the law, whatever it is. Um that dialog, though, has not really progressed very far at this point in the Administration. Uh I think the President and I think we’ve got a lot on our plates right now and um, let’s push that one down the road a little bit.
So the first question is why hasn’t the dialog progressed? Presidential candidate Obama needled John McCain for not being able to “walk and chew gum at the same time”; in this case he had the data points in hand supporting repeal before he took office. If the administration doesn’t want to use the political capital, someone should just say it and take the heat rather than issue this mealy-mouthed position — and continue the discrimination.
As usual, the groups like HRC, securely in the pocket of the DNC, haven’t said a word.
The only four words we can come up with from Outright: