In about an hour, Sen. Carl Levin will lead the Senate Armed Services Committee as it hears from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen, who are there to reveal the Pentagon’s strategy to meet President Obama’s commitment to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. But what’s infuriating homosexuals — a plan to spend a year or so “investigating” the impact of a repeal, and how to go about doing it — has us the most curious. Like, who’s going to be heading up this investigation?
Sounds like we’re about to find out.
According to U.S. officials, the senior-level study will be co-chaired by a top-ranked civilian and a senior uniformed officer. It would recommend the best way to lift the ban, starting from the premise that the goal will take time to accomplish but that it can be done without harming the capabilities or cohesion of the military force, officials said.
It would make sense — both politically and logistically — to have an actual gay person among these co-chairs. It would signal that the White House and the Pentagon actually value the opinions and perspectives of gay Americans. But because DADT still exists, and is still enforced, it would be all but impossible for Gates and Mullen to name an openly gay “senior uniformed officer” to help lead the study, because doing so would subject that person to a DADT investigation. (Unless, of course, that person is “outed” by Gates and Mullen, in which case s/he would qualify for the expected leniency on personnel unwillingly exposed.)
Which would leave only the “top-ranked civilian” spot open for a ‘mo. To which we might suggest: How about a veteran-cum-civilian who was kicked out of the military because of DADT? Now wouldn’t that send a message.
Meanwhile, tweets GOProud head Jimmy LaSalvia: “At Senate Armed Services Committee. There’s a single protester outside.”