Monday, October 5, 2009

Two (UN)Shocking Developments...

In the first, the much ballyhooed and expected repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy has apparently been shelved, at least for now, by the Obama administration, with Whitehouse spokesman James Jones saying, President Obama “has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue that he intends to take on at the appropriate time...”

Just this past Sunday his National Security Advisor has added, President Barack Obama will focus “at the right time” on how to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.

As a candidate, Obama signaled support for repealing the law. To the disappointment of gay-rights supporters, he has yet to made a move since taking office in January. The White House has said it will not stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who acknowledge their sexuality.

Last year, 634 members of the military were discharged for being gay, or .045 percent of the active-duty U.S. force, according to an Aug. 14 congressional report.

The second UNSHOCKING development is the admission that “Closing Gitmo is proving harder than expected.”

Just this past week, Whitehouse spokesman James Jones said that meeting President Obama’s deadline to close the facility by Jan. 22 is proving harder than officials first thought.

Senior administration officials have told The Associated Press that difficulties in completing the lengthy review of detainee files and resolving other tough questions mean the president’s promised January deadline may slip.

Hmmm...not much “change” from the Bush policies on the War on Terror...and THANK God for that.

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