Former Bush General Defends DADT: "Gays Can Serve In the Military; They Just Can't Serve Openly"
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In his speech to the Human Rights Campaign, President Obama pledged to "end" the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. That comment was the subject of a debate [Sunday] morning on NBC's Meet the Press. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) expressed his support for Obama's position, but emphasized that it needs "buy-in from the military." Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers struck a different note:
HOST: Do you have an opinion about whether it's time?
MYERS: Well, I take some exception with what Senator Levin said because gays can serve in the military; they just can't serve openly. And they do. And there's lots of them. And we're the beneficiary of all that.
Levin rolled his eyes after hearing Myers’ remark. Gen. Barry McCaffrey said "there's no question it's time to change the policy." Asked for his thoughts, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) avoided making any clear statements. Watch it:
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.