The Oklahoma Republican, the ranking GOP member of the Armed Services Committee, issued a scathing statement in response to news reports of a leaked memo indicating that the Defense Department was considering allowing gay members of the military up to 10 days so they could travel to states where it’s legal for them to get hitched — and then treat their spouses as they would any other military family.
Inhofe took umbrage at the fact that the Pentagon didn’t brief Congress on the matter. (Would it be fair to say that the military took a “don't ask, don’t tell” approach to lawmakers?) “This is another example of the administration leaking information to the press while being unable to find the time to brief Congress,” he said in the statement.
But he also said the Pentagon just can’t give out vacation days willy-nilly, since that’s determined by law.
Here’s the real rub: “This administration is eroding our military’s historical apolitical stance by using it as their activism arm for their liberal social agenda,” he concludes.
Inhofe’s objections apparently didn’t put a hitch in the Pentagon’s plans. Officials introduced the new policy on Wednesday, and though it didn’t spell out the 10 days of leave that early news reports suggested, it suggested there’d be time given for service members to travel to exchange their vows.
An ex-Postie’s new post
Last we knew, former colleague Jonathan Finer was working for The Washington Post in Gaza and Lebanon. He also covered the invasion of Iraq, embedded with the Marines, and spent 18 months in Baghdad.
He moved to the White House four years ago in the chief of staff’s office, then worked for Vice President Biden as Mideast adviser and speechwriter and more recently at the National Security Council. We’re hearing he’s en route to the State Department to be deputy chief of staff to Secretary John Kerry.
Bill Danvers, a longtime House, Senate and Clinton National Security Council aide who more recently worked for former CIA chief and defense secretary Leon Panetta and has been deputy chief of staff at State, is said to be headed to Paris — a far cry from Foggy Bottom — as deputy secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, where he had worked after leaving the Clinton administration.
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