June 7, 2011
By Adam Bink
Here’s White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
John Aravosis makes three good points in expressing concern about the Administration’s lack of concern regarding certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Sen. Gates is set to depart and while we know training is underway, there is still no definite timeline. The first is that the longer this takes, the longer anti-repeal Republicans in Congress have to take potshots at it and figure out a way to harm repeal, as they did last month by enacting unnecessary measures to harm certification in the defense authorization bill. The latter two points:
The Republicans would like nothing better than to tick the gays off against Obama, and undermining DADT repeal is a great way to do it, and they know it. The administration’s certitude notwithstanding, I’d like to avoid a situation where the President is forced to veto, oh, say, the debt ceiling increase in order to save DADT repeal. Never underestimate the Republicans’ ability to muck things up.
And its a timing issue. Alex Nicholson of Servicemembers United:
“Given that at least three service branches are scheduled to be 100 percent done with repeal training by the time Secretary Gates leaves, it is simply not reasonable to leave this task unfinished and to pass the buck on to the new guy,” Nicholson said. “We have been patient in waiting until summer for certification, but any further delay beyond June is just unreasonable and will surely result in serious and widespread disappointment.”
It’s been 167 days since the President signed repeal and it’s now June of the following year. It’s not a matter of patience, but concern that the longer this drags, the more trouble we may find on the path.