Biden Blows Don’t Ask Answer

HRC has been lamenting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s 14h anniversary by asking the Democratic presidential candidates one simple question: “If you are elected President, what concrete steps would you take to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?'”

John Edwards and Chris Dodd blew their respective responses on the obvious: our government should not discriminate against gays in the military. Neither candidate, however, found time to actually answer.

Senator Joe Biden of Delaware doesn’t do much better…

Here’s what Biden has to say for himself:

I would end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It is antiquated, unworkable and wrong.

I’ve been to Afghanistan. I’ve been to Iraq. Other countries – our allies serving alongside US forces in Iraq – permit open service. It has had no negative impact on force morale or the performance of our brave soldiers.

We don’t have enough troops to fulfill our current missions. But more than 300 language experts have been fired under “don’t ask, don’t tell” including more than 50 who were fluent in Arabic. More than 9,000 soldiers have been dismissed since the policy took effect in 1993. The idea that we turn away brave and patriotic Americans who volunteer to serve solely because of their sexual orientation is ridiculous and totally irrational.

While we give Biden points for a direct opener, we’re going to have to criticize him for his meandering and, ultimately, incomplete explanation.

Either the Democrats aren’t keen on following directions, lack basic reading comprehension or simply don’t know how the fuck they’re going to straighten out Don’t Ask.