On January 8, 2010, President Obama was intent on ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) and threatened military heads of five military branches if they didn’t agree, according to a retiring admiral who said they were told they could resign as an alternative. That same year, in complete contradiction, Obama said he would NOT make DADT a litmus test for military leaders.
No matter how people feel about DADT, people should consider that Obama was not elected to act like a dictator and lie about his intentions when it is convenient for him to do so.
Buzzfeed used a FOIA request to obtain a tape of Admiral Papp addressing DADT with military service leaders in 2010. During the Q & A, Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp is heard saying this about DADT:
“We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that’s private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn’t agree with it — if any of us didn’t agree with it — we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things,” he said.
The Admiral was asked how to respond when given orders one doesn’t agree with but must fulfill. Papp said: “If I disagree morally with [a policy], it’s my obligation to voice that, regardless of the risk it might give my career,” he said. “I’ve been in those situations. I’ve been fortunate to have good leaders that have appreciated that.”
He said further that he himself didn’t see anything “terribly wrong” with not being “thrilled” but it was their job as officers to support and enforce it.
Admiral Papp agrees with the ending of DADT.
Buzzfeed pointed to an interview Mr. Obama gave to The Advocate on December 23, 2008, in which President Obama said this:
Back to “don’t ask, don’t tell” real quick — you’ve said before you don’t think that’s a heavy lift. Of course, it would be if you had Joint Chiefs who were against repeal. Is that something you’ll look at?I would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obviously, there are so many issues that a member of the Joint Chiefs has to deal with, and my paramount obligation is to get the best possible people to keep America safe. But I think there’s increasing recognition within the Armed Forces that this is a counterproductive strategy — ya know, we’re spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn’t make us more safe, and what I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology.
This isn’t President Obama’s worst deception but it is deceitful. Why do we accept this from our politicians?
The problem with all of this is that the end does not justify the means and we didn’t elect a dictator. The Admiral agreeing with it is irrelevant. It being a good idea is irrelevant. Obama cowers before foreign leaders and he bullies Americans. He’s also a liar.
President Obama is a tinpot dictator wannabe.