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John Bolton on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell:' "People Can Have Any Sexual Orientation They Want"

In spite of this statement, Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, stopped short of endorsing the policy's dissolution.

Appearing on the radio show "Stand Up with Pete Dominick" yesterday, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton tried hard to avoid giving his personal opinion on whether “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” should be repealed. "You know, I honestly have not thought through all of the implications on that. It’s not an issue I have opined on," he said, adding, "I don’t have a specific opinion on it." Dominick pressed Bolton:

DOMINICK: Couldn’t one just simply say that we’re compromising our national security without allowing experts to serve in our military – Arabic linguists and weapons experts – just because of their sexual orientation?

BOLTON: I don’t have any trouble with anyone having any sexual orientation that they want. How that specifically relates to military personnel policy, I have not thought specifically about, and I like to think about things before I opine on the subject.

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Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.
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