September 20th, 2010
03:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Pentagon not ga ga for Lady Gaga

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon is trying to be low-key about today's Lady Gaga rally in Maine. When asked if Pentagon officials would be watching Lady Gaga's rally to urge Senators to repeal "don't ask don't tell" a senior defense official said, "No, not really."

A second defense official says the event is clearly aimed at the political side of the argument, and isn't likely to sway the minds of military officials one way or another.

The top brass is already on record with their opinions: both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen have said publicly they support repealing "don't ask don't tell," but the defense official says troops as a whole have wildly different opinions on the issue.

The military already has working groups in place, looking at how it would implement the change if it comes to that. The groups are looking at everything from housing to entitlements, and even personal displays of affection. The defense official insists the groups are not taking a position on whether "don't ask don't tell" should be repealed – their job is to look at how the military would deal with a situation if "don't ask don't tell" is no longer the law.

The military is also going over surveys that troops sent in, answering various questions on "don't ask don't tell." As of today, the working group has received nearly 38,000 additional surveys from family members: husbands and wives of service members, who were also sent a separate survey to gauge their feelings on a potential repeal of "don't ask don't tell," and how it would affect the military and military families.

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Lady Gaga • Pentagon
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    This far leftist is full of herself!!! soon than very soon we will put you and your leftist sly cunning hyenas where you belong!!!!

    September 20, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Diane

    I find it interesting that all our NATO allies have gays serving openly in the military, it is just the US that fails to follow its own basic tenants of equal rights for all. Shame on US!

    September 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Does anyone besides me wish that "Lady Gaga" be taken offshore on a barge and then sunk? Does anyone care about the vapid opinions of a "celebrity" who probably lacks a high school diploma?

    September 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. jeff, alabama

    Who cares what another liberal drug infested brain from the
    celebrity meat locker thinks about ANYTHING ?????

    September 20, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. RichP, easton, pa

    I do back her in one respect, Hey, you elected EMPLOYEES in DC, DO YOUR JOBS.

    September 20, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Dave

    She's an idiot anyway. Like we should care what she thinks.

    September 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Glad to see some representation of America's youth involved in politics.

    Maybe Lady Gaga and some others could work on a get-out-the-YOUTH- vote campaign. PLEASE!

    September 20, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Cindie Worley

    Considering the opinion of Lady Gaga for anything? Is that some kind of prank? It is certainly a sick joke.

    September 20, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Dennis

    She's not even a US citizen, not that that seems to matter anymore.

    September 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Mama Bear

    Go figure. They are a bunch of old white guys who can't dance. . . no charm and no charisma. They are the ones who have to buy "it." They are robots.

    September 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Jimmy Andrews

    I am pretty sure high school diplomas, celebrity, or clothing have anything to do with a simple opinion of what is wrong and right. obviously using a persons sexuality against them so to speak, is always wrong and never right. it is 2010, please come to this era, you are delaying progress for all of us. at least she is out there speaking her opinion and trying to help where she can. much more than most of you with your negative posts on here can say for yourselves.

    September 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Jay Kay

    The Pentagon may not be gaga for Lady GaGa, but they are coo coo for Coca Puffs.

    September 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. T_McA NYC

    This has nothing to do with the pop star. Its about the US Government being discriminatory.

    September 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Jim S.

    "She's not even a US citizen, not that that seems to matter anymore. "

    WhereTF did you get that idea? Gaga was born in New York City and she certainly IS an American citizen.

    September 20, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. larry

    "the defense official says troops as a whole have wildly different opinions on the issue". Grammatically, he meant to say "Each soldier has his or her own opinion and those opinions are wildly different". Like the skin head nazi troop that wants to keep the policy alive because he's a homophobic racist versus a normal heterosexual troop who realizes that the gay solier is just as apt to be a great soldier and poses no threat to non gay soldiers.

    September 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Lisa H

    Go Lady GAGA!!!! You have MILLIONS of supporters cheering you on!!!!

    September 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. CATom

    I would not take lady gaga opinion on cross dressing or how to hide male genitalia let alone military affairs.

    September 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Jerome

    This women is a cocaine user and should be sent on her way rather then all the attention she has been given.

    September 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Sofie

    I am not saying that I agree with her on politics, or music for that matter, but isn't this a free country? Does she not have just as much right to spew as Glenn Beck? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it is important to be a good listener too....what is happening to you people?

    September 20, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Rick

    Why does anyone care what Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) thinks about anything. She's a 24 year old former burlesque dancer. She is an entertainer – period.

    I can't agree more with Bedtime for Obonzo.

    September 20, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Army Vietnam Vet 66-68

    OK, the outcome on this issue is a foregone conclusion. DADT will be repealed. If not right now, in the near future.

    How about instead of rushing to get it repealed and having mass chaos in the ranks, that we give the Department of Defense time to study how any changes will be implemented without causing our defense posture to be at risk.?

    This whole issue needs some study to implement changes fairly and with everyones rights equally protected. You are talking about a revolutuonary change in many rules and regulations dealing with how people interact with each other. Let's do this right the first time and not rush to just get it done at any costs. Remember that there will have to be some give and take on many issues.

    I don't nessarily support the repeal, but I do see it coming and I do not want it to destroy to institution that we use to defend this country of ours. There has to be a way for this to work out to everyones satisfaction but planning for the changes carefully must be given a chance.

    Any changes need to be smooth changes.

    September 20, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Dino

    I am all for getting rid of "Don't Ask,. Don't Tell" and I hope that Congress follows suit, but couldn't they find a more credible messenger for repeal than Lady Gaga!!?? I mean c'mon!!!

    September 20, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Alex

    Hey Dennis:
    Last time I checked people born in New York City were US citizens.

    September 20, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. BeverlyNC

    This out-of-date law needs to be repealed. We have incredibly talented men and women who are experts in fields where the military needs help. We have people that speak Arabic and other needed languages.

    Our current military cannot go on with the same soldiers being sent back over and over and over. We need ALL qualified people who want to serve our nation given the right to serve.

    Republicans want to discriminate against everyone. Maybe we should just call up their sons and daughters and send them to Afghanistan. Bet they would suddenly be ready to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and vote for healthcare, better pay, and better/safer vests for our soldiers.

    The courts have already ruled this old law as discrimatory and unconstitutional. REPEAL IT.

    September 20, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Corn

    If your opinion here in the comment section matters, why dosent hers? Seriously, the only difference is more people actually listen to her opinions. Platform Envy maybe?

    September 20, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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