Bill Clinton speaking at the Netroots Nation conference Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh

“When Gen. Colin Powell came up with this Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, it was defined while he was chairman much differently than it was implemented. He
said: ‘If you will accept this, here’s what we’ll do. We will not pursue anyone. Any military members out of uniform will be free to march in gay rights parades, go to gay bars, go to political meetings. Whatever mailings they get, whatever they do in their private lives, none of this will be a basis for dismissal.’ It all turned out to be a fraud because of the enormous reaction against it among the middle-level officers and down after it was promulgated and Colin was gone. So nobody regrets how this was implemented any more than I do.”

Bill Clinton

By Rex Wockner


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