Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Open To Change

From The Hill:

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander who oversees troops in the Middle East and South Asia, said Tuesday that the time has come to consider changing the controversial law that bans openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military.

The statement of the Army general coincides with another busy congressional and lobbying week dedicated to the repeal of the Clinton-era law: The Senate Armed Services Committee is slated to hold another hearing on scrapping the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law, and supporters of repeal will storm the Senate and House on Friday as part of a national lobbying effort.

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Petraeus, the most popular general of his generation, stopped short of giving his personal take on the current ban, but told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had an eight-minute prepared statement on his position regarding the repeal of the ban.

“This is not a sound-bite issue,” Petraeus said.

It’s getting harder for the supporters of the policy to find commanders who think it’s a good idea. That’s because it’s not.