A couple of politicians took to the airwaves during Sunday morning's political talk shows to discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Things have changed. That was 17 years ago." He also added that, "I am personally of the view now thatattitudes have changed and I think it is perfectly acceptable to get rid of the law and the policy but I think before we actually do it we have to hear clearly from the officers and the men and women who are charge of executing the policy."
“I think it's important to listen to the troops who are affected andtake into account the views of the senior leadership and militaryleadership of the armed forces.”
Watch a clip of Powell on "This Week" AFTER THE JUMP.
Also this morning, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and told Candy Crowley he thinks Congress should have waited before voting to repeal the policy last week.
Mullen, who backs the repeal, said a provision that requires theWhite House to "certify" the change gives the military great leeway inwhen and how to phase in the controversial changes.
"Ideally, I would certainly have preferred that legislation not bebrought forward .. until we are done with that review," he told CandyCrowley on CNN's "State of the Union."
"That certification is key in terms of when we would be ready toimplement it and whether in our judgment how much the change is goingto effect the things that are at the top of the list for me –readiness, unit cohesion, recruiting and readiness," Mullen said. "Itmakes this review… that much more critical."
Meanwhile Lt. Dan Choi Capt. Jim Pietrangelo are spending their Memorial Day weekend by continuing the dignity fast they began a few days ago in protest of DADT. Watch the two speak after two days of going without food AFTER THE JUMP.