Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA): Implementing DADT Repeal “Doesn’t Need To Take A Year”

Yeah- Go, Joe!

OpenLeft’s Adam Bink scored an interview with PA Rep. Joe Sestak this morning and they discussed a possibly quick DADT repeal timeline. Some snips:


Adam: You talked about a “Z-Gram”– what is the fastest process that could and perhaps should be taken versus a long, drawn-out process?

Rep. Sestak: A “Z-Gram” was where the Chief of Naval Operations would say, here’s the new policy. The best way to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is to call the flag leadership together and then they meet with their commanders, then those officers meet with their subordinate commanders, and through the chain of command there’s an explanation of why and how this policy is going to be changed.

You have the chain of command, the leadership including the chief petty officers, who are the backbone of the Navy, understanding why. Then you set out, on this date certain, this will be the change. But the problem is they’re going to study it for a year first, then there will be the implementation. And I just think that’s an awful long time to study an implementation.

We are a military that understands processes very well. If anyone can go off and implement something rapidly, it’s the military, because we do so many war plans, we do so many contingency plans, it’s a part of our culture, we can take how to do this, stick it into a model, and do it in a fairly short timetable. I don’t want to take away from the importance of having moved this out there, but at the end of the day, we know this is going to be done. The military is such a young organization, and we’re well beyond any previous stereotypes. We can go about this business, and I would like to see Congress move on this rapidly. In fact, I believe it should be in the defense authorization bill, and that would take 2-3 months to get it through the process. It’s about time to implement it.

Adam: If the Pentagon implemented the timeline that you outline, how long do you think that should take?

Rep. Sestak: I would say two to three months.

Love to see it!

And now for something completely different.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) speaks with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in a rather wishy-washy, kinda supporting way about DADT repeal… doing his best not to commit himself too much.

Sigh. Orrin, you’re fooling NOBODY- not even your Mormon constituency.

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