Obama admin. supports Defense bill’s ‘Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces’

The Office of Management and Budget has issued its Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on S. 3454 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. For starters, “The Administration supports Senate passage of S. 3454, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.” Here’s the section on DADT

Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces: The Administration supports section 591 as it would allow for completion of the Comprehensive Review, enable the Department of Defense to assess the results of the review, and ensure that the implementation of the repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention. Such an approach recognizes the critical need to allow our military and their families the full opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process through a thorough understanding of their concerns, insights and suggestions.

Yes, the Administration’s support is all related to getting that Pentagon study completed. The military is calling the shots here, not the White House. And, has anyone heard one word from Obama about this mess? For Christ sakes, he’s the Commander-in-Chief, the GOP is filibustering the Defense Authorization, but not a word. Stunning.

You may recall that then-OMB Director Peter Orzsag wrote a letter to the Hill back in May stating that “ideally” the Administration would rather see legislation passed after the Pentagon study was completed. And, of course, Secretary Gates wrote that infamouse “strongly worded” letter to the Hill in late April, which declared he wanted no legislation passed til his study was finished.

No wonder Republicans are using it as a talking point during the debate today. Here’s Senator Inhofe (R-OK) citing the Gates letter:

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