Air Force stops enforcing DADT

Timothy Kincaid

October 14th, 2010

From the AP

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network circulated an e-mail on Thursday that it says was written by the Air Force’s Judge Advocate General Richard Harding. In that e-mail, Harding says the Defense Department “will abide” by a court order that says the military can no longer discharge service members who are openly gay.

Meanwhile, some in the Pentagon are all in a tither about what to do. Why, it could have “enormous consequences”. So, as a service to my nation, I offer the following Q&A.

Q: How do we administer the change???

A: Put any current investigations in the shredder.

Q: But where will the gay soldiers sleep?

A: In the bunk they’ve been sleeping in.

Q: But what about the homophobic soldiers? Don’t they get to make any input?

A: They get the exact same input as to where they will be shipped, what uniforms to wear, and whether they will serve with people of other races.

Q: But the public, what about the public?

A: The public really and truly couldn’t care less.

And if they have any more concerns, I’m sure there’s still room on my post-it note.


October 14th, 2010

Now it’s the whole Pentagon. DADT discharges have been suspended pending the outcome of the appeal.

Rick James

October 14th, 2010

They don’t know how to THINK, Timothy …they only know how to react out of their fear and misunderstanding.

John in the Bay Area

October 14th, 2010

Instead of worrying about the implications of no longer firing perfectly good servicemembers, maybe these folks at the Pentagon should concentrate on success in Iraq and Afghanistan. And once they are done with that, they could turn their attention to preparing for other threats against the United States and our allies. After all, I thought that was their mission.


October 14th, 2010

these folks at the Pentagon should concentrate on success in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You act as if they want to win the wars, or even have a concept of what success would look like. To quote General David Petraeus, “I don’t think you win this war. This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”

DADT is just one symptom of a deeply diseased military.


October 14th, 2010

This becomes weirder and more schizophrenic by the day. On the one hand the Pentagon will stop with the DADT discharges… for now anyway. Meanwhile the DOJ forges ahead appealing the Sept 9 ruling overturning DADT.

Barack Obama promised change. Who knew it would be just spare change?


October 15th, 2010

“…some in the Pentagon are all in a tither…”

The word you want to use here is “dither”, although “tizzy” would also work.

Timothy Kincaid

October 15th, 2010


yeah, I think I sort of combined the two in my mind when I wrote that.

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