Will Petraeus Reject ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Tomorrow?
A couple of weeks ago, Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. military forces in the Middle East and South Asia, demurred on an attempt by David Gregory to compel him on ‘Meet The Press’ to offer a personal view on whether the military’s ban on open gay service ought to be repealed. “‘I’ll provide that again — on — Capitol Hill, if — if asked, at that time. I — I know you’d like to make some news here this morning,” Petraeus told Gregory, opting instead to say he supports the process established by the Pentagon leadership to explore how to repeal the ban in a minimally obtrusive manner.
Well, tomorrow morning, Petraeus heads to Capitol Hill, where he’ll testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee. One of the committee’s members, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), has already introduced a bill to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” So while tomorrow’s hearing is primarily concerned with next year’s defense budget, it will be the first opportunity to get Petraeus — the most esteemed military leader since Colin Powell — on record for his thoughts on a ban he already hinted has had its day.
“I served, in fact — in combat with — individuals who were gay and who were lesbian — in combat situations,” Petraeus told Gregory. “And frankly, you know, over time you said, ‘Hey, how’s — how’s this guy shooting? Or how is — her analysis or what have you?’ But we’ll see.”