A reader writes:
But thinking of the executive as a bundle of conflicting personalities and incentives funneled through the authority of one man is truer to reality than pretending the President is sitting in a room with a red phone and barking out orders based solely upon the swinging needle of his internal compass.
Freezing DADT would take but the stroke of his pen. All your song and dance about the personalities and systems around him, crumbles with that simple fact. He could immediately cease the unjust career destruction of loyal men and women serving in the military. Instead he writes them letters of apology on the occasion of their disastrous firing. In that single act Obama defines himself as either a smarmy bigot or a hopeless coward.