Because, maddeningly, Adm. Mullen was followed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who announced he would establish a panel to undertake a yearlong study of the issue and make recommendations on how to get rid of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Why the delay? Surely it’s not that complicated. The whole issue could be resolved in two easy steps. First, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE picks up the phone and tells Gates that, while waiting for congressional legislation to overturn “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” we’re no longer going to enforce that policy. Then Secretary Gates issues a directive to the Joint Chiefs, relaying the orders of the commander in chief. End of story.

If they really wanted to put an end to “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Obama and Gates could do it today.

History was made at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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