Dan Choi says Pentagon DADT Letter reveals ‘true intentions’
An openly gay White House official said this weekend that the president has not backtracked on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ despite Friday’s letter from Pentagon officials asking Congress NOT to take action until their STUDY of repeal is complete.
Speaking on a panel at Equality Forum in Philadelphia on Saturday, White House LGBT liaison Brian Bond quoted a White House statement issued soon after the Pentagon letter came out.
Bond: “‘That’s why we said the implementation’ — key word ‘implementation’ — ‘of any Congressional repeal will be delayed until the DoD study of how best to IMPLEMENT that repeal is completed.'”
Bond dodged a question focusing on the word ‘implementation,’ that asked whether the administration would support passing a repeal bill as soon as possible with implementation of the repeal DELAYED until after the study comes out at the end of the year.
Bond: “I think that’s an ongoing discussion right now. Again, there are several camps here trying to figure out — don’t forget, at the end of the day, it is Congress that will repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ not us.”
Bond told activists to “keep pushing.” But Activist and Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi … scoffed. Choi was was in the audience at Bond’s panel. He told OutQ News the letter from Secretary Gates was helpful in the sense that Gates, the President and his administration — in Choi’s words — “are finally telling the truth about what their intentions are.”
Choi: “If the best he can do is continue to kick out hundreds of soldiers, then I don’t think that we have the luxury of listening to somebody like Brian Bond who says that we have to display patience.”
Choi told OutQ he would “absolutely” support phased-in implementation of repeal, if a bill were passed now.