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General Petraeus: “I’ve Served With Individuals Who Were Gay And Lesbian”


Despite his best attempts to pin General David Petraeus to a straight (so to speak) answer about his personal feelings towards the upcoming review of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory was able to get little more than politically-correct soundbites from the current military Commander of the U.S. Central Command.


Asked if he thought other soldiers cared if their fellow servicemen were gay and lesbian, Petraeus answered, “I’m not sure that they do.” This is a big turnaround from his response a year ago, when he called the issue a “minefield” and said “We have an awful lot on our plate right now. I’m not sure we want to add something else to our plate right now.” Now when Gregory asked him if there was too many other military issues to worry about without bringing up this new legislation, Petraeus answered, “There’s a process at work here…and it’s a very sound and good process.”

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