Fresh Air, with Terry Gross, had two good interviews about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from its history through to a soldier who was dismissed under the policy earlier last week. I'm just getting caught up on the NPR programs today, but I thought this was some powerful stuff, so here's the linkage for anyone interested:
Historian Nathaniel Frank and veteran Alex Nicholson
For the record, I'm one of the folks who voted for Obama and is currently really disappointed and kind of pissed with his lack of movement on the overturning of DADT. I understand there are other priorities at the moment, but the fact that he hasn't used his power as Commander in Chief to put a 'Stop Loss' against the dismissal of gay soldiers is not understandable. It's entirely cowardly.
Furthermore I am sick to death of hearing that Obama is 'engaged in dialog' about this 'commitment to gay issues' when it comes to this issue. It's not acceptable that he is allowing the military to continue drumming out gay patriots while he "continues a dialog" - whatever the fuck that supposed to mean.
We've talked and talked and talked about this - it's way past time for actual action, Mr. President.