DOD reportedly examining if, rather than how, to repeal DADT

More on the story we reported earlier.

A former Reagan defense official and opponent of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” expressed concern on Tuesday about the Pentagon study of the law potentially going in the wrong direction.

Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said he met recently with officials working on the study and said he didn’t think the questions they raised pertained to where he thought the study should be heading.

“Now, I get the impression — based upon looking outside and talking to people — that a lot of the people are not convinced that this needs to be repealed and really think it’s their mission to even examine this,” he said during a panel discussion on a new Center for American Progress report on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Korb said officials on the working group were focused on how repeal could negatively affect the U.S. military as opposed to implementing an end to the law — as Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed earlier this year.

One person involved with the review, Korb said, wanted to look at the “impact of this on unit cohesion and readiness.”

The President – I mean, the commander in chief of the military – was clear in the State of the Union that he wanted Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed this year. So why is the military playing games? Because they can. And as an aside, it sounds like their being insubordinate to the Secretary of Defense as well. Are any adults actually in charge of the Pentagon?

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