Oh good! Finally some movement from the Obama administration on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell! Of course, this is the Obama administration, so by “movement” we mean “a new statement from a top official repeating past avoidance.” At bat is National Security Adviser Jim Jones, who reminds that the president is still a VERY, VERY BUSY PERSON and will, some day, get around to helping make this country safer by letting gays serve openly in our armed forces.
There’s nothing new here, sorry kids. Here’s Jones: “The president has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue that he intends to take on at the appropriate time. He has already signaled that to the Defense Department. The Defense Department is doing the things it has to do to prepare, but at the right time, I’m sure the president will take it on. … I don’t think it’s going to be — it’s not years, but I think it will be teed up appropriately.”
The comments, prompted by CNN’s John King, come as Sen. Harry Reid makes a person plea to Obama and the Pentagon to explicitly instruct Congress on how to move ahead with DADT, and a top military journal demands the law’s repeal.
Oh, and Jones’ words also follow other impressive inaction from the Defense Department.
UPDATE: And no, the White House doesn’t feel the need to “clarify” Jones’ statement. Which means it stands, as is — and should be interpreted as coming directly from Obama himself.