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General Petraeus was asked about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on Meet the Press and said he supports Gates' plan for a study but is saving his opinion on the DADT repeal for testimony in front of Congress:

"The U.S. commander overseeing troops in Iraq and Afghanistan says he's not sure that troops in the field care about the sexual orientation of fellow service members. Petraeus says he's served alongside gays and lesbians, and what matters are someone's skills and smarts...Advocates for a quick repeal have said the yearlong review is a stalling tactic. But Petraeus says it's a good idea to look at potential problems. He wouldn't give his personal opinion on whether the ban should be lifted. He says he'll do so when he testifies to Congress in the spring."


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  1. All it takes is a phone call to all of our allies who have been having openly gay people serve for years. That takes about a week, assuming some people might be on vacation on at lunch.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Feb 21, 2010 2:26:34 PM

  2. It has nothing to do with the military. That's just a smoke screen.

    It has to do with getting re-elected. The politicians want some reassurance that it is safe to vote for gays in the military.

    Posted by: jesse james | Feb 21, 2010 3:27:31 PM

  3. But, General, shouldn't you defer to the authority of Rick Santorum?

    Posted by: Mart | Feb 21, 2010 3:47:22 PM

  4. Any change in policy will happen when political collateral damage is minimal. No politician makes any decision unless they weigh the political ramifications. They are incapable of doing the right and honorable thing anymore for they have no souls and decency, irrespective of parties. At least with the Republicans ----they don't try to dupe folks-we know where they stand. Democrats are want to believe things would (will) change-but unfortunately that will not happen. They have completely sold out as well. The rest of the world just shakes its head when they see us labor over the right thing to do with DADT, It isn't even an issue. America continues to limp backwards.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 21, 2010 4:02:31 PM

  5. I've seen BETTER ACTING IN PORN! PTOOEY! Peaches is stalling, and so is everyone else.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 21, 2010 5:15:10 PM

  6. Have a little respect, fellas. I don't have a problem with his response or with the process. This guy is very smart, while Colin Powell was a puppet. With a balanced review this will pass in Congress, and will be put in place as an effective and lasting policy.

    I think it's terrific that this is even on the table for discussion and I predict a favorable outcome for gays and lesbians in the military. At this point it's a non-issue for most, and that will come out (no pun) with Congressional hearings.

    Many of us get impatient, and seem to think you can switch a channel by remote to effect change. It's just not the way it's done in the real world -- when was the last time any of you dealt with our American courts?

    The time spent right now is great for building consensus, based on facts rather than hyperbole. Once that consensus is established it will be the platform for revisiting gay marriages and same sex civil unions.

    Posted by: Richard | Feb 21, 2010 5:34:35 PM

  7. Sorry, Richard. Your faulty analysis begins with your describing Colin Powell as a "puppet." Make that "volunteer puppet for President Cheney & VP Bush [sic] to go to war" and I'd agree with you. But we must never forget nor can we ever forgive that Powell was the one, along with Sam Nunn, PULLING Clinton's strings in 1993. He should have been fired for insubordination for publicly and privately leading a virtual mutiny against Clinton's effort to lift the ban.

    As for being "impatient," WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE IN THIS CASE. The consensus is that the only realistic chance for DADT repeal is through the 2011 defense authorization bill. That bill typically MUST be voted on and signed by the end of October. That's only 8 months. [Technically the 2010 budget ends October 1st.]

    We do not have the luxury of patience because if we miss that chance, the second time bomb goes off Nov. 2nd with midterm elections when the minimal consensus is that the Dems will lose several seats in the House and Senate which will almost certainly kill the chances for repeal next year or the year after that or the year after that.

    Cut the red wire or the green wire to stop being blown up? I don't know what color the wires are but I do know this:


    Posted by: Michael @ | Feb 21, 2010 5:54:43 PM

  8. Besides basic human rights, DADT should be repealed ASAP to reduce the number of rapes - straight men assaulting straight women with the threat that the man will out the woman as a lesbian.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Feb 21, 2010 5:57:38 PM

  9. Since the Israeli goverment rules Congress, why don't they dictate that the ban be lifted?

    Posted by: emily skye riordan | Feb 21, 2010 9:47:36 PM

  10. Why does this man look like he's been recently exhumed?

    Posted by: Tom L | Feb 21, 2010 10:48:26 PM

  11. Whether you care for the fact or not, the military has a highly structured and stratified environment. From the perspective of those who value this structure and its benefits, adjustments like this DO need to go through a lot of planning due to the many program elements that will or may be affected.

    If they're willing to to come to the table, it is probably not constructive to shout them away cause you want them to approach differently. Anger or resentment may be perfectly valid, but that doesn't mean it's going to help things. MHO: Stay vocal, but don't cut down newly budding support.

    This is good news.

    Posted by: C | Feb 22, 2010 4:04:12 AM

  12. Gen PETRAUS is an a**hole.He should have been courted marshaled a few years back for his work in destroying Iraq and for the death of so many USA soldiers there.He only cares for his reputation and to him is obvious that the lives of the USA soldiers are no concern to him at all.He really is Gen BETRAUS as he was once called.

    Posted by: Oscar in Miami Beach | Feb 23, 2010 2:21:47 AM

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