Obama Pressured On DADT

Over 100 high-ranking retired military officers have signed a letter demanding an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the hopes the Barack Obama will make a swift move to repeal the policy.

More than 100 retired U.S. military leaders — including the former head of the Naval Academy — have signed a statement calling for an end to the military’s “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy, according to a California-based think tank that supports the movement. Retired Adm. Charles Larson, the former Naval Academy superintendent, tops the list of 104 retired general and admirals who want the government to repeal the policy, the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, announced Monday. The Palm Center, which circulated the statement calling for the repeal of the “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy, is looking to President-elect Barack Obama to address the controversial issue of gays in the military.

Obama has promised to repeal DADT, but says he would not do so by executive order, which is how Harry Truman ended segregation in the military.