As the poet told us, “The best schemed plans of mice and men go oft awry.”
And so it is with President Obama’s plan to go slowly in ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Yes, he opposes the policy. Yes, he’s vowed to end it. But he’s in no hurry to do so. First, he wants the Defense Department to complete a year-long review, on top of several earlier reviews.
Then, he wants Congress to pass a bill to end it. Since, he says, Congress enacted it by legislation, at the request of Bill Clinton, in the first place.
But Obama’s go-slow policy was repudiated yesterday by a federal judge in California, who ruled that the policy is flat-out unconstitutional and must be ended immediately, nationwide. The Justice Department has 60 days to decide whether or not to appeal.
Which, some say, means Obama must make a tough decision: whether to accept the judge’s ruling or fight it.
That’s no tough decision. That’s an easy one. If Obama really thinks Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a bad policy and wants to repeal it anyway, there’s only one thing to do: simply accept the judge’s decision – and celebrate the fact that all men and women in uniform, gay and straight, will finally be treated the same.
That’s my parting shot for today.