Obama, thus far, has been the steely pragmatic president more than the ideological, dare I say principled politician, that the "wingnuts" of the right feared. Nowhere has this been more evident than in his refusal to order, as commander-in-chief, the lifting of "don't ask, don't tell", whereby gay men and women in the US military, must remain in the closet.
I wrote about this first, over two year ago. This is plainly a litmus test issue. All Republican candidates for the President, came out predictably against changing the policy, all Democrat challengers, just as predictably, for changing it. 75% of the American public are behind removing this restriction. The majority, 73%, of American military personnel, men and women, want it changed. Every Western power including Israel, allows homosexuals in the military. Once 'staid olde' Victorian, Britain even recruits them openly, in advertising campaigns on their 'gay pride' day. So why is Obama stonewalling? See critical Olbermann video.
Upwards of a hundred Pentagon American Arabic translators have now been fired, since they were discovered, horror of horrors to have been gay, since Bush 43, and now Obama have taken office. Does the war on terrorism take a back seat to this neanderthal red meat issue? The answer is apparently yes, or is Obama going to make this an issue for 2012 and force Republican candidates, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, to maintain their ludicrous support of "don't ask don't tell"?
I suppose Obama by 'stonewalling' is ultimately indeed, the pragmatic adroit politician, and by delaying implementing of a new policy (by 2010 or 2012), is presenting a gift wrapped opportunity for the Republicans appropriately, to look so openly and ludicrously out of touch with the American public, and even the rank and file American servicemen and women.
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