'Durable' Can Come, But With 'Moratorium Pending Review'

Either Gibbs doesn’t get it, or he does — but is being told not to get it.

His all-too-repetitive line came up again today in the briefing:

“The president and legal team here believe that in order to have a durable solution to this, legislation is the only way to go,” Gibbs said.

The problem thus far has been that the room has continually accepted his premise:  A “durable solution” is the only solution that will work.

But that’s not either what LGBT equality advocates are seeking or, more importantly, what the country needs in order to advance our national security interests (a point repeatedly made by the indefatigable Ana Marie Cox).  We actually need two solutions — a durable one and an immediate one.

Congress can take its time since, as Gibbs today said, since “[s]ometimes the legislative process doesn’t move that quickly.”  President Obama, however, is the commander-in-chief, and his first obligation — as he often says — must be to protect the country.  Servicemen like Lt. Dan Choi cannot continue to be discharged if Obama wants our nation to be as secure as it possibly can.

The President must take action to place a moratorium on discharges of lesbian and gay servicemembers until the legislative process can complete the “durable solution.”

[H/T to John @ AmericaBlog]

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