As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993, you'll recall that Gen. Colin Powell infamously opposed President Bill Clinton's plan to fully integrate gays and lesbians in the armed forces. In February 2010, Powell stated that his position evolved and he now supported repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
Powell is now somewhat hedging his position. Speaking on Larry King Live, the retired general says he supports repeal but also supports Sen. John McCain's position that Congress should not be pressured to repeal the policy before the Pentagon Working Group study is released, reports Igor Volsky at the Wonk Room.
Said Gen. Powell: "We have to take into account the views of our military leaders who are responsible for the well-being of the armed forces. ... Just let that study be finished, let it be published and let everybody read it and not leak parts of it. And so I share Senator McCain’s view that we ought to let the process unfold and not try to intercept it with court rulings or with people trying to get a vote out of the Congress when the Congress is not ready to vote on it."
Silly me. And all this time I thought the Constitution gave Congress the power "to raise and support armies."
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