Sen. Levin says White House and DOD don’t want him to act on DADT this year

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. That’s the committee that needs to put DADT repeal in the Defense Authorization bill, if we have any hope of getting repeal this year. Levin now says that the President and the Pentagon want him to wait until the DOD study on implementation is done. That won’t be until December or later. That means after the November congressional elections. After Democrats lose significant numbers of seats and possibly control over the House. That means we may not see DADT repealed for another generation.

Oh, and forget about ENDA and DOMA too.

DC Agenda reports:

Among those noticing a lack of support from the Obama administration to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at this time is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). Asked by DC Agenda on Tuesday what the White House and the Pentagon are saying they want from lawmakers on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Levin replied, “Let them complete the analysis.”

That also means the President lied in his State of the Union when he said he wanted repeal this year. Now he doesn’t. What other promises to what other communities, or nations, has the President made that he considers revokable? Does Barack Obama’s word mean anything anymore?

I’m reminded of a story John Kerry told about Degaulle and Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis:

I mean, we can remember when President Kennedy in the Cuban missile crisis sent his secretary of state to Paris to meet with DeGaulle. And in the middle of the discussion, to tell them about the missiles in Cuba, he said, “Here, let me show you the photos.” And DeGaulle waved them off and said, “No, no, no, no. The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me.”

Diminishing the President’s word has serious consequences for our country that go far beyond DADT.

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