End ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ says Colin Powell

This just posted by the New York Times:

Gen. Colin L. Powell, who as the nation’s top military officer in the 1990s opposed allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, switched gears today and threw his support behind efforts to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law he helped shepherd in.

“In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed,” General Powell said in a statement issued by his office. He added: “I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen.”

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February 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm


February 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Ditto harrison

Retired Army

February 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

I spent 22 years in the Army and lots of fellow soldiers knew I was gay. It wasn’t a big deal. The important thing was doing your job well. Some soldiers haven’t been lucky as me. That’s why I support repealing don’t ask don’t tell.


February 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Yet another example of a denial of liberties to a group of people that will be viewed as absurd years down the road.

Army Brat

February 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Finally…..another stage of discrimination will be over soon.


February 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Correct morals and correct ethics don’t change, unless you are a retired four star general.

The Snark

February 3rd, 2010
1:39 pm

There have always been gay people in our nation’s military (starting with Baron von Stueben) and there always will. The only thing we have to decide is whether to make them hide it.

about time

February 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

morals and ethics have absolutely nothing to do with being gay. some of the most moral and ethical people i know are gay.

R U KidN

February 3rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Please lets not go there again. I can’t imagine some man twitching his butt into battle saying haaaaaaay! I don’t no what Powells issues are but I would not have my son or daughter serving the military with foolishness like this going on!

Wounded Warrior

February 3rd, 2010
6:46 pm

Powell quit the Joint Chief position because Clintax put in this policy. Now, with a black president, Powell wants to end it? What is the difference? The Army must need all of the soldiers that they can get.

George Bush

February 4th, 2010
9:10 am


The Millitary is full of gays. Its unfortunate that you are so sheltered. It is my hope once your children come out you will be as compassionate.

The Snark

February 4th, 2010
12:52 pm

“Wounded Warrior”:

Gen. Powell served a full four year term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 1989 to September 30, 1993. He did not “quit the Joint Chief position because Clintax put in this policy.” He did not quit at all.

Does it bother you that you have to make up facts to justify your opinions?


February 4th, 2010
2:53 pm

“In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed,” . The only thing that has changed is the “swishy boys” lobby. Colin Powell’s mouth is the thing that should be ended.

I spent 25 years in the Navy so I know what I am talking about. Ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell” will ruin our military. The military is completely different from civilian life. If you have been there, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, you never will.

Cobb Teacher

February 7th, 2010
8:55 am

RebelWithoutAPause…you are a big fat idiot. Oh…and a bigot too.


February 7th, 2010
2:29 pm

Good move, DOD and JCS. Years ago, justifications behind anti-gay issues were based primarily on fears which were, themselves, based on ignorance. When the framers of the Constitution pened the RIGHT to bear arms within the organizational framework of an organized militia, no mention was made of social/sexual orientation. Only recently, these fears…while the powers that be wish to be viewed as revisiting the issues and gaining new perspectives…have been overcome by the realities that current troop strengths are strained. The “professional Army”, envisioned in the 80s, has all but become a faint dream of bygone ideals. With the inclusion of gays into the military, perhaps a return to that professionalism will follow.