Adm. Mike Mullen did not directly criticize a House vote on Friday that marked a step toward repealing the ban. But he said it would have been better for lawmakers to wait until the Pentagon completed its review of how to make the repeal work. That study, due in December, is based on a current survey of troops and their families.
“Ideally, I would certainly have preferred that legislation not be brought forward in terms of the change until we are completed with that review,” Mullen said.
The legislation, he noted, gives the Pentagon until year’s end to finish its study and stipulates that he and Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Barack Obama must certify that the military is prepared to make the change before the repeal takes effect.
There is worry among some in the military and in Congress that the House vote short-circuited the process of consulting with troops and their families.
Uh, what? Much like a bottom, soldiers are bred to *take* orders, even if it is “stand guard next to the gay dude.”
Between this and Kagan, Obama has sewn up the gay vote for a generation. Arizona has pushed the entire Latino community to the Dems. Obama’s looking at a long time to have a chance to re-integrate the armed forces.