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Congressman Alcee Hastings upset with Obama over 'Don't ask, Don't tell' policy in military



Alcee-Hastings Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, sent a letter to President Barack Obama today complaining that he has not received a response to an earlier letter urging an end to investigations of gay soldiers.

"I am deeply disappointed that you have not responded to my letter and that we are not addressing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell at this time," Hastings writes. "With the recent addition of 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan and the possibility of another request for even more troops from General McChrystal in the coming weeks, I am sure that you will agree that we cannot afford to lose any of our dedicated, highly-qualified service members to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

"As you know, we lose approximately two service members every day to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. While I commend Secretary Gates and the Pentagon’s general counsel for their continued efforts to identify possible provisional measures, you can take action right now. I sincerely hope that your administration will make Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a priority and do everything in its power to repeal this ridiculous, bigoted law once and for all."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:15pm]


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