Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on ABC's "This Week", mostly to criticize the Obama Administration on terrorism and taxes. Cheney, the former Defense Secretary in the George HW Bush Administration, did say that it was time to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" if Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen and other top brass said so.
Says the former Vice President, "Twenty years ago, the military were strong advocates of "don't ask/don't tell," when I was secretary of defense. I think things have changed significantly since then. I see that Don Mullen—or Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has indicated his belief that we ought to support a change in the policy. So I think—my guess is the policy will be changed.
Cheney adds, "I think the society has moved on. I think it's partly a generational question. I say, I'm reluctant to second-guess the military in this regard, because they're the ones that have got to make the judgment about how these policies affect the military capability of our of our units, and that first requirement that you have to look at all the time is whether or not they're still capable of achieving their mission, and does the policy change, i.e., putting gays in the force, affect their ability to perform their mission? When the chiefs come forward and say, "We think we can do it," then it strikes me that it's time to reconsider the policy. And I think Admiral Mullen said that."