Asked by George Stephanopoulos directly whether “don’t ask, don’t tell” would be overturned, [National Security Adviser] General Jones responded, “I don’t know.”
The President CAN do something.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN, indicated that a bill was unlikely to be introduced without support from the president. “Congress will likely not act without a nod from the commander in chief. Congress often defers military personnel matters to him. And Obama is the ultimate enforcer of 'don't ask, don't tell,’” he said.
A Democratic strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity pressed the point a little harder: “No one wants to push this without the backing of the White House,” he said.
“The most important legal justification for signing an executive order is that Congress has passed a stop-loss bill which explicitly gives the president the right to retain any service member who is necessary for the national defense during a time of national security emergency,” he said. “We are now, by law, in a period of national security emergency; therefore the stop-loss law is in effect and that gives the commander in chief the right to trump any other law having to do with military personnel policy, separation, and retention."
It seems that, after making promises to the LGBT community in order to get our votes, President Obama is now pretending that he has no control over the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I apologize if this offends any of Obama's biggest supporters, but I am angry. I feel betrayed. At the same time, I am not surprised. LGBT issues aren't popular, so they don't garner the same attention that other issues do. We need to demand attention. See entries below for how to make a difference, or as always, click http://www.sldn.org/page/s/DODbudget