As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993, you'll recall that Gen. Colin Powell opposed fully integrating gays in the military. In February, Powell said that he supported repeal and this morning on ABC's This Week the general was asked why he's changed his position.
Said the retired general: "That was 17 years ago." Powell added, "I am personally of the view now that attitudes have changed and I think it is perfectly acceptable to get rid of the law and the policy but I think before we actually do it we have to hear clearly from the officers and the men and women who are charge of executing the policy. At the end of the day, the law will change and 'don't ask, don't tell' will go away."
The video is HERE beginning at 11:55.
Meanwhile: The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, was a guest on CNN's State of the Union and said he believes Congress should have waited before voting to begin the process of repeal last week. And on Thursday, Mullen said he was "comfortable" with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal legislation because "it includes 'very clear language' that gives senior leaders the final say in whether it’s implemented."
"Whether" versus "when"?