Gates ‘still working on a plan’ for repeal of DADT, will ‘offer recommendations’ to Congress

John posted the NY Times article reporting that the repeal of DADT is “not imminent.”

The Washington Post‘s report isn’t much more encouraging. It reads like the Pentagon is going to offer Congress some kind of complicated plan with a delayed implementation. It’s as if the top brass somehow thinks gays aren’t already serving. And, it’s more undercutting of the Commander-in-Chief by the Pentagon. Also, I’m not sure leaving the details to Congress is such a good idea:

The Pentagon has been studying ways to integrate gays into the military and, for the first time, will offer recommendations to Congress next week “on a way forward,” defense officials said Thursday, following President Obama’s declaration that he wants to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law this year.

Defense officials declined to reveal details about the Pentagon’s preferred approach for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces. But they said that the military would prefer to phase in a new policy over time and that they would leave the details to Congress.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, officials said. Gates has been discussing policy with Obama but is still working on a plan, said a senior Pentagon official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for Mullen said the Joint Chiefs also have been researching possible approaches but have not reached a consensus. “The Joint Chiefs have been thinking through how they would go about offering their best advice on this issue,” said the spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby. He said Mullen “will raise issues that we need to address” when he visits the Senate on Tuesday.

Gates has until Tuesday at noon to finalize his plan. That’s when he’s testifying.

NOTE FROM JOHN: Um, it might be nice if Gates got his “plan” done early enough to have his boss, the President of the United States, look at it first, before just springing it on the congress, the nation, and the White House, as a fait accompli.


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