Thursday, September 16, 2021

Dixon Osburn's "“Mission Possible: The Story of the Repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’”


Signing the bill on Dec 10, 2010 at the Capitol

C. Dixon Osburn, a cofounder of the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network (SLDN) shortly after Bill Clinton announced his “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” policy for gays in the military, has authored a book “Mission Possible: The Story of the Repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’”, which became official in September 2011, just about ten years ago today.  The bill setting it up had been signed Dec. 10, 2010;  I was there at the Capitol (outside) on the last day before my mother went into hospice for her own passing.

The book is self-published under an imprint of his own name, in hardback, paper and ebook, ISBN 978-1-7372824-1-3 paper, 43 short chapters, 511 pages, 932 endnotes, no index.

I will review the book in detail on my Wordpress media commentary site after reading.

The issue is separate from the more recent partial ban by Trump of transgender in the military, which Biden has largely repealed.

The Washington Blade has a history of those who fought the policy, by Michael Bedwell, “Remember their names”. 

My own experience, as summarized in my first DADT book (1997), was to be thrown out of William and Mary in my first semester because of the same ideas used to justify the ban – intimacy of young men in a confined space (in my case, the dorm); but in 1968 I would volunteer for the draft and enter and complete Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC.

1 comment:

Bill Boushka said...

Story in the Richmond VA Times Dispatch on the 10th anniversary of repeal