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    he has a strong input on how policy is implemented in regards to the military. It wasn't a fluke that Bob Gates was left in charge at Defense to oversee the dismantling of DADT, and he did a credible job from what I can tell. We don't need someone who's going to stonewall and drag his feet on implementing changes, whether it's putting into place the programs that are acceptable under DOMA (Scott's Column 2) or expanding coverage to all military spouses if/when DOMA is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:19:10 PM PST

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      It wasn't a fluke that Bob Gates was left in charge at Defense to oversee the dismantling of DADT, and he did a credible job from what I can tell.
      All hail Orwell!!!

      Bob F-ing Gates pushed to keep DADt off the agenda in 2009, opposed any sort of moratorium (Congressional or executive) on DADt discharges, fought tooth and nail against the California DADT case that twice resulted in a Federal Court Order barring DADT enforcement and stonewalled the "training" for DADt repeal to be complete after he left office so it wouldn't occur on his watch. Justr because he said some nice words about TEH GAYS in a January 2010 Senate hearing doesn't make him a saint on LGBT issues. His actions have spoken much louder than his words.

      "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

      by craigkg on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:20:29 PM PST

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