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American Opinion: On the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy:

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An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

From The Associated Press

On the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy:

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President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to repeal the military's damaging "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The American people are overwhelmingly behind him -- nearly 80 percent support repeal. So why can't the president -- and Congress -- get this done?

The Democrats in Congress have blamed the Republicans. There's some truth to this -- in September, Senate Republicans did successfully filibuster a defense measure that would have repealed DADT.

But Washington's failure to repeal it can't rest solely on the Republicans. For the last two years, a Democratic president claimed that he wanted to repeal the measure. Meanwhile, the Democrats held their largest congressional majority in decades. They will still hold this majority until January. If DADT can't be repealed in the lame-duck session, then all of Washington is to blame.

The arguments against repealing DADT sound less coherent with each passing day. ...

No, what this is really about is courage. Does Congress have the courage to give all of our servicemen and women the dignity of self-expression? Or will it continue to drag its feet on an issue that's already been resolved by the vast majority of the American public?

We'll know by January. Congress, repeal DADT.

-- San Francisco Chronicle

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