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'Snow job' response to Pentagon change on homosexuality as a disorder


When a reporter asked White House spokesbot Tony Snow about the Pentagon’s recent decision to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder — and whether this had any impact on DADT, Tony turned on the Bob and Weave MachineTM. Big surprise.

WingNutDaily oddball reporter Les Kinsolving lobbed the bomb:

At today’s press briefing, WND asked Snow: “Reuters reports that while the Pentagon no longer deems homosexuality a mental disorder, this reversal has no impact on U.S. policy prohibiting openly gay people from serving in the military. And my question: Does this also accurately report the position of the commander in chief, or not?”

Stated the spokesman: “I will defer all questions about military personnel policies to the Department of Defense.”

“Has [the president] changed his mind on this or not?” countered WND.

Said Snow, “The president’s positions on all these matters are well-established.”

Gee, what does that mean? Servicemembers Legal Defense Network‘s Steve Ralls had this response to that non-answer:

Having a well-established position, however, is far from having the right one. In the 2000 Presidential campaign, Bush said that he’s “a don’t ask, don’t tell man.” And from that day until yesterday, the White House was officially mum on the matter.

We know there are at least 65,000 lesbian and gay service members on duty today. If Bush isn’t going to salute their service by calling for an end to the ban, at least he could salute it with a simple “thank you.”

And the lame shell game gets better. Looks at this! (SLDN):

The Department of Defense has indicated that it defers to Congress, recently telling the New York Times that “the law would need to be changed to affect the department’s policy.” Some Members of Congress, in turn, have called on the Department of Defense to take the lead.

…”This is the keystone cops approach to leadership,” said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). “Our men and women in uniform deserve better.”

…”When will the White House stand up for gay Americans who sacrifice so much for our country?,” asked Osburn. “The Pentagon needs troops, and there are thousands of gays and lesbians willing to serve. Since the ban on gay personnel went into law, America and the military have changed. Both are ready to move on and end this federal discrimination against gay Americans. It is time for our commander-in-chief, who is out of step with the majority of Americans on this issue, to show real leadership and call for an end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'”

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