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Department Of Defense Suddenly Remembers Conversations on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The other day, Rachel Maddow caught the White House and the Department of Defense with two different stories on how “don’t ask, don’t tell” was being debated.  The White House’s version was that conversations were ongoing.  The DoD’s version was quite the opposite and that there were no discussions to speak of.

Amazingly, the DoD has a new version of events:

Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell issued a statement Thursday suggesting that discussions about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” are, in fact, taking place at the Pentagon.  

“President Obama has been clear in his direction to Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen that he is committed to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy,” Morrell said. “He has also been clear that he is committed to do it in a way that is least disruptive to our troops, especially given that they have been simultaneously waging two wars for six years now. Although this will require changes to the law, the secretary and chairman are working to address the challenges associated with implementation of the president’s commitment.”

The comments were a 180-degree reversal of what Morrell had told reporters during a Tuesday briefing. “I do not believe there are any plans under way in this building for some expected, but not articulated, anticipation that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will be repealed,” Morrell said.

Anybody believe that the DoD suddenly remembered all of this?  Maybe they should provide the minutes of these conversations and the dates they occurred just to clear things up once and for all.


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