Gen. David Petraeus has served with gays and lesbians and believes troops may not care if the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is repealed.
“Do you think soldiers on the ground in the field care one way or the other if their comrade in arms are gay or lesbian?” asked NBC’s David Gregory.
“I’m not sure that they do. We’ll see,” replied Petraeus.
“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 Secretary Bob Gates’ plan to review the law. “There is a process at work here now, David. I think that it is a very sound and good process,” he said.
Gregory pressed him to state his own position, insisting the general respond. “What do you say, general, should gays and lesbians be able to serve openly in the military,” he pressed.
But Petraeus would only say he plans to save his comments for an upcoming appearance on Capitol Hill, implying that despite ‘meeting the press,’ he was leaving his true feelings at home in the closet. “I know you’d like to make some news here this morning,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Feb. 21, 2010.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to donate $10 billion to fight climate change
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect the earth.
“I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” Bezos said in the post.
Fox News reports wages rose faster under Obama than Trump after his campaign lashes out at predecessor
In what was possibly a hint to remind people of his legacy this Monday, former President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the anniversary of his signing of the 2009 economic stimulus package.
“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted with a photo of his signature on the bill.
‘Bill Barr is un-American’: The AG’s ex-boss explains his ‘twisted’ worldview — and why he must be ousted
In a new piece for the Atlantic, a man who once supervised Attorney General Bill Barrpublished an incisive call for the head of the Justice Department to resign while outlining his disturbing view of executive power.
Donald Ayer, the former deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, supervised Barr when he led the department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 1989 and 1990. After Ayer left deputy attorney general position in 1990, Barr replaced him and then became attorney general, a position he returned to in 2019 under President Donald Trump.