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Message to Sen. Webb: No More Study, It’s Time to End DADT

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First, here’s Jim Webb’s statement on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen have laid out a specific and responsible plan to examine the current ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in a manner that includes a comprehensive survey of those wearing the uniform. The White House and Secretary Gates both said today that, ideally, the Defense Department should complete this review before legislative action is taken. There is no question that a review of the policy is necessary and important. I see no reason for the political process to pre-empt it.

Now, here’s my response to Sen. Webb.  

First, this policy has been an abject failure almost any way you want to look at it. In a military that’s overstretched as it is, the concept that we would discharge highly-trained (at high cost to taxpayers), highly-qualified people, such as experts in the Arabic language, makes absolutely no sense.

Second, most other countries in the western world already allow gays to serve openly in the military, and they seem to be doing just fine. That includes the Israeli armed forces, not exactly known as a pushover as a military force.

Third, we don’t need any more “study” about whether to end DADT; we already know it makes no sense and serves no useful purpose. The only question is exactly how to end it, which the military should figure out in the next few months. Other than that, there’s zero reason to keep DADT on the books for another minute.

Fourth, not that we should base public policy on opinion polls, but according to a new CNN poll, the American people overwhelmingly (nearly 8 in 10) support ending DADT.

Finally, DADT should be repealed because it is deeply unjust and fundamentally unfair.  Just as you opened more operational billets to women than any other Navy Secretary, today it’s time for you to support opening the military to gays and lesbians who want to serve their country.

Thank you.

  • If Webb supports continuing the ban on gays & lesbians in the military, I’d actually respect him if he stood up & made that case than for this spineless “we must let the process make the tough decisions” double talk. Man up and take an actual position.

  • leedynamo

    Jim Webb has a long standing connection with the military.  He wants to do what he thinks is best for the soldiers & the military as an institution.

    I think we should end DADT, but I respect Senator Webb’s decision making process.

    Having said that, I also support any effort by Senator Levin and President Obama to move this matter to a decision ASAP.

  • Johnny Longtorso

    He’s afraid he won’t be re-elected in 2012, so he’s doing the same old scaredy-cat Democrat trick of trying to pretend he’s a Republican. Worked out great for Creigh Deeds.

  • 5oclockshadow

    I saw it as a statement by jim webb, not a message to webb.

    would a different title work ok?

  • Jim Webb Dem

    He and the administration are letting DOD, study and report. So really what’s the BIG DEAL?  Timing? Creating an issue when the issue is coming to closure … just not to some others liking?

    We all want things to move faster. A cultural change like this doesn’t lend itself to overnight fulfillment.

  • leedynamo

    I note the posturing on this string.

    I support repeal of DADT.

    Senator Webb is consistent.  Just like Obama was very clear about pursuing a resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

    I disagree with Jim on this, but I respect his approach.  Bottom line, DADT policy is coming to an end so don’t get your shorts all hiked up and whatnot.

    Corporate America has picked our pockets and now they are destroying our environment.  What about that as a focus?

  • K in VA

    My equation is fairly simple: If Sen. Webb doesn’t think I’m deserving of equal military service, I don’t think he’s worthy of my vote.

    • Jim Webb Dem

      The “Running to the Right” analysis is just plain wrong and uninformed as to Jim Webb’s intentions.  Webb could easily decide not to run in the next election cycle. But I hope he does since I believe his major contribution to the American people … of much needed “Judicial Reform” won’t be finished (signed into law) until after 2012. We need Jim Webb in office to shepherd this MAJOR REFORM initiative.

      On DADT … Webb is being thoroughly consistent with his stated views and history as a change agent. We know about how he handled the inclusion of women in direct combat roles as a Secretary of the Navy. He has chosen essentially the same course of action regarding the repeal / reform of the DADT policy in the Dept of Defense…. DADT repeal by the way is not universally accepted within the military establishment as a culture. If anything DADT reform is a generational issue …. the younger generation being far more accepting of homosexual orientation & behavior. Remember however …. that policy is still largely created by old white guys.

      What is interesting to me …. and fairly distressing at times is the amount of back biting and self destructive criticisms … that factions within the Democratic Party heap upon themselves. It’s amazing the Democrats have gotten anything done at all since Obama’s inauguration.

      DADT will fall.  My question is … how much difference will it make if it is changed now before the 2010 election … or after?