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23 Dec 2010

Elites Score Big in Lame Duck Congress

In the lame duck session, Congress kept the Bush tax cuts for the upper brackets, passed START, repealed DADT and scotched the DREAM Act. Congress also passed a continuing resolution that sets the stage for one heck of a budget brawl in 2011.
In the lame duck session, Congress kept the Bush tax cuts for the upper brackets, passed START, repealed DADT and...

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20 Dec 2010

The Washington Post: from DADT repeal cheerleading to character assassination in seven pages flat

The Post likes DADT repeal so much, it worked to bring it about. As I pointed out here, the Post turned its pages over to an unidentified source to spin the Pentagon's report in favor of repeal before it was released. The Post did so even though the source told it that the purpose of the leak was to fire the first shot in the impending public relations war.
The Post likes DADT repeal so much, it worked to bring it about. As I pointed out here, the Post turned its pages over...
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18 Dec 2010

DADT vs. DREAM

I don't think I've written anything about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but my views are the same as Paul's. This is a decision that should be based on military effectiveness, not pressure group politics, and there is considerable evidence that in some contexts, at least, openly homosexual soldiers could pose problems. At the same time, my guess is that there are other contexts where having a handful of gay soldiers would not be a big deal. And in principle, of course, repeal of DADT can always be reversed if its consequences turn out to be problematic. Not that I expect this to happen.
I don't think I've written anything about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but my views are the same as Paul's. This...
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3 Dec 2010

Separating facts from spin in the Pentagon’s DADT report

Fortunately, the report includes a purely empirical component -- the responses of members of the military to certain questions. The responses by those who do the actual fighting for our country should give no comfort to those who favor repeal. 48 percent of those in combat units and 58 percent of those in Marine combat units fear that repeal would affect their combat readiness.
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1 Dec 2010

This day in DADT history

Today, the Pentagon released its report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It comes in at 267 pages. I haven't read it, but Bruce Kesler has. He summarizes the report here.
Today, the Pentagon released its report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It comes in at 267 pages. I haven't read it, but...

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