Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lieberman and DADT

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) may have his faults — let me count the ways — but I’ll give him credit for being on the right side of LGBT rights. Now he says he will introduce legislation to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

“I will be proud to be a sponsor of the important effort to enable patriotic gay Americans to defend our national security and our founding values of freedom and opportunity,” Lieberman said. “To exclude one group of Americans from serving in the armed forces is contrary to our fundamental principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and weakens our defenses by denying our military the service of a large group of Americans who can help our cause.”

Supporters of the repeal gained momentum this month when Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both testified in support of changing the policy.

This is, as John Cole says, the way to do it. Let the military get behind the repeal on principle, then get a Democrat that the Republicans like — that being Mr. Lieberman — to sponsor the legislation, and there you have it: an unassailable effort that will be permanent, as opposed to an executive order which can be overturned by the next Republican in the White House.

Oh, but it’s all so political; David Brooks will be very disappointed.