Gates Comes To Terms

“Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law. With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the Secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment.”

That’s from a statement Gates’s spokesman, Geoff Morrell, sent around to reporters. I take a more charitable view on the legislative deal than some of my FDL friends, so check out the opposing viewpoint if you’ve not already. In my defense, the response since last night from Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has been something on the order of jubilation. They’re worried about the bill not passing this week — all signs indicate a tough fight, both in the Senate Armed Services Committee and on the House floor — and they’re not worried about a bad bill passing. And none of these groups have been shy about criticizing the Obama administration for insufficient steps on DADT repeal.

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