John Bolton on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell:' "People Can Have Any Sexual Orientation They Want"
Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email.
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U.N. Ambassador John Bolton tried hard to avoid giving his personal opinion on whether “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” should be repealed.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.
Audio after the jump...
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.