HRC forgets the Pentagon works for the President




Another email action alert from the Human Rights Campaign in which they exonerate President Obama from any responsibility for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Dear Friend,

In just a few hours, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will be meeting with senators about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Have military leaders heeded the growing call to end discrimination in the military? Not necessarily. A Pentagon spokesman said, “The Joint Chiefs have been thinking through how they would go about offering their best advice on this issue.”

Don’t you just love Washington double-speak?

We need Congress to know there’s immense public pressure on this issue. As they decide how to respond to today’s hearing – whether to push this repeal forward or push it aside – they need to hear from you immediately.

Tell your representative and senators to repeal this discriminatory law NOW.

In case you missed it, I’m forwarding the email I sent after President Obama’s State of the Union speech, announcing our $2+ million campaign to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Please join us in this crucial effort – take the first step by sending your letter today.

– [HRC President] Joe [Solmonese]

Did you get that? HRC’s Solmonese complains that the Pentagon’s approach to repealing DADT is “Washington double-speak,” and HRC’s solution is for you to contact Congress. Contacting Congress is a fine idea, but what about contacting the Pentagon’s boss, the commander in chief of the United States Armed Forces, a gentleman by the name of President Barack Obama? According to Marc Ambinder, the President signed off on this ludicrous study. And according to press reports, many in Congress may balk at voting on DADT until this study is completed. That means we sit and wait while the Pentagon runs propaganda circles around us, discussing things like whether lifting the ban will force the Pentagon to recognize gay marriage.

Why isn’t HRC mentioning the President’s role in this at all? I’m not entirely sure anyone should be giving HRC $2 million until we get an answer to this question.


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