Greg Sargent:

The White House is refusing to offer comment or clarification on the suggestion yesterday by Obama national security adviser James Jones that Obama may not be able to repeal the ban on gays and the military in the short term because he “has a lot on his desk” and will deal with repeal “at the right time.”

According to Mark Kleiman, I owe Obama an apology for not trusting that the President will follow through. Aravosis has a good take:

Apparently, General Jones would have us believe that President Obama wasn't aware that we were fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he promised to lift the gay ban during the campaign in exchange for our votes. So, Jones tells us today, Obama can't get to that particular promise right now because he's busy fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Uh huh.

So when exactly are both of those wars going to be over? I'm guessing some time after Obama leaves office. And that of course assumes that we don't have more wars to "distract" the president. Jones just set us back. Again. He just gave the Republicans, and conservative Dems, the perfect talking point.

I think the expression that comes to mind is: don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

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