Former Army Secretary Clifford Alexander weighs in on the policy President Obama is backing out on repealing. “When we have people who are asked to risk their lives, asked to provide certain services for this county, … and we tell them that because of their sexual preference, ‘Don’t tell us if it’s a certain sexual preference,’ that runs against any democratic principle that we can think of. And the no-necks who keep pushing this policy really do need to have it changed. Not studied, not long hearings, but changed. And I do think it needs legislation.”
Alexander also says that if an executive action on Obama’s part was possible to stop the effects of DADT (while waiting for Congress to official repeal the policy), then the president should do it. Well, a new study says Obama absolutely does have “stroke of a pen” power to force the armed services to immediately stop investigating and discharged gay suspects. Obama’s power is three-pronged: 1) Under Title 10 of the U.S. Code, “the President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States [during a] period of national emergency [defined as when ‘members of a reserve component are serving involuntarily on active duty’]”; 2) DADT gives the secretary of defense the power to determine how the policy is executed; 3) a DADT dismissal must be made “if” someone is found out to be gay, but nowhere does the policy state anyone has to identify gay service members.
So all this business about having to study the issue? And Obama’s handwritten letter to Second Lt. Sandy Tsao saying “it will take some time to complete (partly because it needs Congressional action) I intend to fulfill my commitment”? Bullshit. No wonder it’s safe to assume Obama won’t repeal DADT.