It’s been one year since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. Did anyone notice the world ending? Did our military disintegrate into a rainbow-hued heap of mad man-on-dog sex and straight guys turning gay? Did our troops fail to protect us? Did straight military couples divorce? Are we all gonna die!?
Funny you should ask:
(AP) — The Pentagon says repeal has gone smoothly, with no adverse effect on morale, recruitment or readiness. President Barack Obama cites it as a signature achievement of his first term, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, says he would not push to reverse the change if elected in place of Obama. [...]
[T]he clear consensus is that repeal has produced far more joy and relief than dismay and indignation. [...] [H]arassment and bias had existed before repeal, and contended the problems had not worsened in the past year.
December 2011, in answer to, “How do you feel about gays serving openly in the military?” Romney said this:
“That’s already occurred. I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage.”
“At this stage.” Check.
Given his Etch A Sketch track record and his clear disdain for gay rights, I’m don’t have a whole lot of faith in his well-crafted statement:
“Later, the White House confirmed Woodward’s account, but said there was a difference between planning and making a decision.“
So no, I don’t trust Mitt to begin with, nor his vacuous smile and carefully chosen words.