Monday, October 5, 2009

It’s the Right Time

James Jones, President Obama’s national security adviser, told CNN that the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy will be rescinded, but not just yet.

The President has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue that he intends to take on at the appropriate time. He has already signaled that to the Defense Department. The Defense Department is doing the things it has to do to prepare, but at the right time, I’m sure the President will take it on.

I realize that DADT may not be the most pressing issue on the president’s desk, but it’s also not just a trivial little thing either, especially at a time when it is costing us valuable people who want to serve without being discharged for the irrelevant reason that they’re born gay and don’t wish to live a lie just to serve their country. In light of the recent report in the Pentagon’s scholarly journal that states that having openly gay soldiers will not harm combat readiness, it would seem that there really isn’t a good reason to keep the policy in place.

It’s also interesting that Mr. Jones would offer this argument. After all, telling us that now is not the time goes against the conventional wisdom: isn’t President Obama supposed to be able to handle more than just one thing at a time? If he can handle the economy, healthcare reform, two wars, climate change, education, and lobby for the Chicago Olympics, it shouldn’t be all that hard to get the policy changed if he really wanted to.

There’s no wrong time to do the right thing.