Lost in Sunday’s back-and-forth with Vice President Joe Biden over the prosecution of terrorists was this, captured by Politico.com:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush, expressed support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which President Barack Obama has asked Congress to work on this year.
Cheney told ABC’s “This Week” that 20 years ago when he was secretary of defense, the military was a strong advocate of the policy that bans gays from openly serving in the military, but that “things have changed significantly since then” and he anticipates that ultimately “the policy will be changed.”
“I think society has moved on,” Cheney said the policy shift is partly “a generational question.”
Cheney cited support for repeal from Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as reason that he believes it’s time to “reconsider” the policy, and he disagreed with some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in saying that he would not question the military’s advice on the matter.
Here’s the video, also posted by Politico:
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