Hooray! Homosexuals of all types rejoice today as President Obama signs the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell. Now you can serve your country while proclaiming to the public a portion of your life that no one but you really cares about.
Well….almost. Say, did you actually read that thing? The bill, I mean. The thing that will repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Why don’t we take a look at it together, whaddya say? Here’s the part that I find most interesting.
(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by subsection (f) shall take effect 60 days after the date on which the last of the following occurs:
Whoops. Ok, so sixty days from now, homosexuals across the country can rejoice. Well, they’ve been waiting so long that I’m sure an extra two months won’t be too hard to bear. At least, I think thats when they get to celebrate the good times. Exactly what has to occur first?
(1) The Secretary of Defense has received the report required by the memorandum of the Secretary referred to in subsection (a).
So the Secretary has to recieve a report required by his own memo. Which we can only assume he hasn’t gotten yet since this line still exists in the law. Didn’t he get a report not too long ago? Was that the one mentioned here? What memo anyway? Where can I read this memo? Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait 60 days after he gets this report before we can celebrate. But it is on the horizon, dammit. That’s something! Right? Oh hell, there’s more requirements.
(2) The President transmits to the congressional defense committees a written certification, signed by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stating each of the following:
(A) That the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the recommendations contained in the report and the report’s proposed plan of action.
(B) That the Department of Defense has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by the amendments made by subsection (f).
(C) That the implementation of necessary policies and regulations pursuant to the discretion provided by the amendments made by subsection (f) is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.
Now, this is confusing. How long do the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have to consider this report that the Secretary of Defense may or may not have recieved? What conditions must be met for the Department of Defense, as a whole, to be considered prepared for implementation? What are the defined standards of military readiness, effectiveness, et cetera? If the report, as ordered, does not meet these standards, does a new report need to be filed once these conditions have been met? Why isn’t this thing more specific? Did this stupid bill do anything NOW?
(c) No Immediate Effect on Current Policy- Section 654 of title 10, United States Code, shall remain in effect until such time that all of the requirements and certifications required by subsection (b) are met. If these requirements and certifications are not met, section 654 of title 10, United States Code, shall remain in effect.
Son of a bitch. You mean to tell me that, with all this pomp and circumstance, nothing is going to happen for at least 60 days and even that’s a toss up?
All kidding aside, if I were a gay man, I would feel really used today. The sexuality of these people is needlessly being used to set up a few political hacks in the democrat party for some social justice points on down the road. Think about it. If a new congress, controlled by Republicans, makes a move to repeal the repeal it would play right into the hands of the liberals. Meanwhile, we’re wasting valuable military resources assessing and implementing these procedures in a time where the freshman congressmen and congresswomen feel they were sent to Washington to curb government waste. It’s a beautiful set up even if it is diabolic.
Whatever your own feelings on homosexuality may be, this is sick. My take on it is that I’m not here to make someone else’s moral choices for them, and if the government wants to be in the business of selling marriage certificates then any pair of consenting adults who wants one should be able to get one. That could just be me. In any event, the conditions that must be met in order for DADT to be repealed are so indecisive that it could be until the NEXT lame duck session that they actually get implemented. I’ll be surprised if the policy is gone a mere 60 days from now.
But hey, should we really be shocked by that? I mean, after all, how many people voted to enact DADT in 1993 as a compromise, and then rushed to repeal it today? I don’t really have the time to compare the voting lists, but I will mention two names that stick out to me. One, obviously, is President Bill Clinton. The former president has been amazingly quiet on the repeal of the act he signed into law. The other is Barney Frank. I’ve been looking for him to explain the differences between voting for the democraticly lead enactment of DADT as a compromise to full repeal and a voting to repeal DADT. I’m sure he’ll pipe up in a few days.
Make’s ya wonder, huh?