As I reported earlier, the language on the White House civil rights page recently went from “repeal don’t ask, don’t tell” to “sensibly change don’t ask, don’t tell.” (GAG).
It obviously caused some alarm among the blogospher and even the Service Members Legal Defense Network took notice.
Thankfully, AmericaBlog has some good news to report:
There was some concern that the Obama administration was backing off the President’s repeated promise to lift the ban after the White House Web site yesterday changed its commitment to “repeal” DADT to a promise to only “change” the policy in a “sensible way.” This led many observers, including the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, to worry whether the White House was backing off of its repeated commitment to, as President Obama himself promised, “fully repeal” the DADT policy.
The White House Web site has now been updated, again, and the “repeal” language is back. And while it’s couched in the same terms about being done in a “sensible way,” I would assume that all administration policy is implemented in a “sensible way,” so this should have no bearing on whether President Obama will keep his promise to fully repeal the ban.