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Another broken promise

Here’s another (infuriating) example of President Barack Obama’s failure to make good on a campaign promise. In this case, it’s his failure to suspend the idiotic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits gay people to serve in the military unless they manage to keep their orientation a secret from everyone.

In this, Obama reminds me of Bill Clinton, who made the same promise during his initial election campaign and then caved to people like Sam Nunn and Colin Powell. Their “compromise” solution was DADT, which actually resulted in more service members than ever being discharged for the nature of their love.

While it is true that Congress will have to act to abolish the policy, the President is free to suspend it for the timebeing.

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