General David Petraeus, the U.S. commander overseeing troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he's not sure that troops in the field are concerned about the sexual orientation of fellow service members.
Appearing this morning on Meet the Press, Petraeus says he has served alongside gays and lesbians, and what matters are someone's skills. "I served, in fact, in combat with individuals who were gay and who were lesbian in combat situations. Frankly, you know, over time you said hey how's this guy shooting or how is her analysis or what have you?" explained Petraeus
The general supports Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to review the ban on openly gay troops. "There is a process at work here now, David. I think that it is a very sound and good process," he said. Petraeus wouldn't give his personal opinion on whether the ban should be lifted. He says he'll do so when he testifies to Congress in the spring.
Watch the clip AFTER THE JUMP ...