Axelrod: Don't Ask, Don't Tell will end
November 30th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Axelrod: Don't Ask, Don't Tell will end

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod is adamant that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy will end.

During an interview with CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, Axelrod said of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" provision, "This policy is gonna end."

Axelrod maintained that Obama "has made it clear that he is intent on ending this policy" and that "we're depriving patriotic young Americans of their right to serve."

Axelrod's comments come on the same day that a long-awaited Pentagon review of the policy was released. Recommendations from the report are based on surveys, focus groups and face-to-face meetings at bases around the world and even a carefully controlled effort to communicate anonymously with homosexuals serving in the military.

"More than nine out of 10 troops said their unit's ability to work with someone they thought was gay or lesbian was very good, good, or neither good nor bad," the author of the report wrote.

Asked if the president would consider issuing an executive order to end the policy, Axelrod placed the burden to undo DADT on Congress.

"We need Congress to act to repeal what they've done," Axelrod said.

In Congress, it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to determine whether the keep it part of the Defense Authorization Bill - which could help passage as senators who oppose it would be forced to make a politically risky vote against military spending as well - or bring the measure to the floor separately.

Several senators on the fence about the repeal stated prior to the report's release that they were waiting to see the results before deciding their votes.

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hear from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen on the subject.

When pressed as to whether or not the president would issue an order if Congress fails to repeal the policy during the lame duck session, Axelrod said "We're exploring all options."

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Please DADT John McCain about anything, he's senile and thinks we're still in his Vietnam era. The military and the World has changed and he can't make any change, he's just an angry powerless old washed up man. Let's keep marching forward with our military and he can keep his proud Vietnam memories.

    November 30, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Dino

    While I am glad that this Pentagon Study has produced these findings I really think that it was all along as obvious as white on rice. I served in the military in the 1990s and even back then many didn't really give one wit about another service member's orientation. Those who did were usually blowhard, all talk no walk, suck-up spit-down, self-promoting jerks who were incompetent, substandard soldiers anyway. Time for don't ask, don't tell to go.

    November 30, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |