Tuesday, June 09, 2009

On Obama & DADT: "He's a coward, bigot and a pathological liar."

James Pietrangelo II, the former Army infantryman and lawyer whose "don't ask, don't tell" case was declined by the Supreme Court yesterday, is furious with President Obama. I'm beginning to wonder if Pietrangelo is right.

Time magazine reports:
"He's a coward, a bigot and a pathological liar," Pietrangelo said (of Obama) in an interview with TIME shortly after the high court declined to hear his appeal. "This is a guy who spent more time picking out his dog, Bo, and playing with him on the White House lawn than he has working for equality for gay people."
Yesterday I bought into a Washington Post report that claimed SLDN approved of the decision. My mistake. SLDN isn't quite as happy as it might have first seemed, although they're playing the political angle.

What bothers me the most is the arguments the Obama Administration used in this case. Time reports:
"Applying the strong deference traditionally afforded to the Legislative and Executive Branches in the area of military affairs, the court of appeals properly upheld the statute," argued Elena Kagan, who as Solicitor General represents the Administration before the Supreme Court. The bar on gays serving openly is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion," her 12-page filing added.
How the heck does Obama work to overturn DADT when his administration just said that it's rational? What kind of "fierce advocacy" is this????

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