Obama Administration Dishonest, ‘Reckless' In Rush to Certify DADT Repeal, Conservatives Say

By Tierney Smith | July 27, 2011 | 4:10 AM EDT

In this photo released Tuesday, March 29, 2011, by the online magazine OutServe, the cover of the magazine is shown. A support group for gay military service members launched an online magazine to provide information about pending repeal of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and printed copies could be on large bases by May, the group's co-director said Monday. (AP Photo/OutServe)

(CNSNews.com) – Conservative leaders are calling the Obama administration’s recent moves to enable homosexuals to serve openly in the military both “dishonest” and “reckless.”

The Obama administration announced Friday that it was ready to “certify” the repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” statute, which would allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military 60 days after certification of the repeal.  

Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, told CNSNews.com, “I think the word ‘reckless’ best describes the Obama administration’s rush to introduce open homosexuality into the nation’s armed forces.”

“This process has been rife with dishonesty, junk science, media manipulation and contempt for our men and women serving in harm’s way,” said Knight. “The misrepresentation of the personnel survey was a masterpiece of deception.”

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, also thinks the process has been both hasty and dishonest.

“During hearings in April, members of the current House Armed Services Committee repeatedly asked Defense Department witnesses, ‘How would repeal of the 1993 law improve combat readiness or benefit the military in any way?’” said Donnelly on her Web site. “The witnesses, including the military chiefs of staff, frequently answered, ‘I don’t know.’”

“According to a previously undisclosed Department of Defense Inspector General investigation of the Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG) process, the vaunted DoD ‘Survey of the Troops’ was pre-scripted even before the survey began,” Donnelly said. 

Donnelly added that, “The DoD Inspector General report revealed that misleading survey results, which obscured the strong opposition of 60 percent of combat troops and 67 percent of Marines, were prematurely and improperly leaked to the Washington Post in order to promote the campaign to repeal the 1993 law.”

“The bottom line is the troops were misled,” she said. “They thought their voices would be heard and respected. They were not. They were used as props in this entire campaign.  And that is most regrettable.”

She further commented, “The issue now is not Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is history. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was never a law. We never supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…What we supported, and still support, was the law – which says, homosexuals are not eligible to be in the armed forces.”

“What Congress needs to do right now is retain the amendments that were attached to the Defense Authorization Bill and the Defense Appropriations Bill,” said Donnelly.

One amendment Donnelly referenced was sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), which  “would ensure that defense dollars are not used to implement military policy changes that violate the Defense of Marriage Act.” 

The other successful amendment was sponsored by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and would prohibit the use of funds for the training of chaplains to perform same-sex marriages.”

Furthermore, Donnelly said that, “Congressman Akin sponsored and successfully passed an amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages on military bases.” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) sponsored and passed an amendment to define, for all military purposes, marriage as the bond between one man and one woman. 

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) passed a measure that would require the four Chiefs of Staff of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps to “certify” that “repeal of the 1993 law would not degrade the readiness, effectiveness, cohesion, and morale of units and personnel that are engaged in combat, deployed to, or preparing for deployment to a combat theater.”

“History will hold accountable President Obama, members of the previous lame-duck Congress, and gay activists who misused the federal courts in order to impose LGBT law and policies that will undermine morale and readiness in the All-Volunteer Force,” Donnelly said.

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