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Does Obama’s New Under Secretary of Defense Hate DADT?

Obama today will appoint retired Marine General (and Dr.) Clifford Stanley as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Why should you care?

Because Stanley, a 33-year Marine vet and former Scholarship America head, is an ardent anti-discrimination advocate. And Stanley’s new Defense Department job? It’s responsible for overseeing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell‘s implementation.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s Kevin Nix is thrilled: “There were indications of seriousness of purpose on DADT repeal today by this White House with its intent to nominate an Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Dr. Stanley is likely to be the President’s key Pentagon player in the DADT debate and will be critical for the President in getting military uniform buy-in. Historically, the position of Under Secretary of Defense provides oversight of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'”