President Obama's threat to veto any defense spending bill that includes money for more F-22 fighters is drawing fire from gay and lesbian activists.
The reason? Supporters of gay/lesbian issues on Capitol Hill have had little success in passing what they see as critical legislation and are instead adding it as amendments to the Pentagon bill.
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont intends to add the long-sought Federal hate crimes law to the 2010 bill, while New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is reported to be considering an amendment that would prevent the Pentagon from discharging service members on the grounds of open homosexual orientation - in effect, a moratorium on the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
If you are wondering precisely what the heck either of these issues has to do with maintenance costs or the value of supersonic cruise in defeating an S-400 missile system, you may have been spending too much time outside Washington DC. On the other hand, in a situation where either Congress or the Administration has to blink first, and the Democratic veto-proof majority is susceptible to the smallest defection, no issue is irrelevant once it's been written into the law.