Do hope gay leaders/activists acknowledge this good man for saying so in a public forum After all, as Vice President, he earned little praise for distinguishing himself from then-President George W. Bush on the Federal Marriage Amendment.
[f]ormer 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.
“Society has moved on,” he said. Pointing out that Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff favors repeal, he said he’s “reluctant to second guess military in this regard,” Cheney said
the first requirement you have to look at all the time whether [military units are] capable of achieving their mission and does the policy change, i.e., putting gays in the force, affect the ability to perform their mission. When the chiefs come forward and say we think we can do it, then it’s strikes me that it’s time to reconsider the policy.
Nice to see that he frames the issue exactly as it should be framed–one of military effectiveness. Let’s hope more people take note of Cheney’s position on the issue.
UPDATE: (Somewhat related): “Cheney ‘a complete supporter’ of Obama Afghanistan Strategy.”