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Gen. Powell on CNN


Last night General Colin Powell said the following on CNN's Larry King:

"When I came into the Army in 1958, we had only seen the last segregated unit four years earlier. The country was still a racist place, Jim Crow. But the Army said to me, we're now integrated; that's all there is to that...Powell listen, we don't care where you came from, we don't care your color, we don't care where your parents came from. All we care about is performance."

We agree. Serving in the military should be all about performance. Then why won't General Powell support ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the law that discharges and fires service members not because of their performance but because they're gay or lesbian?

By Kevin Nix, SLDN Communications Director |

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Daniel Reher on August 08, 2009 at 11.26 pm

In general I like Secretary Powell. How ever in the case of GLBT service members I respectfully disagree

Mike Gorman in Lodi, Ca on July 30, 2009 at 12.27 pm

He doesn’t support it ‘cause of peer pressure.  I would akin his position to that of James Earl Jones in “Clear and Present Danger”.  He knows if he publicly supports it, there’s a chance he could end up dead.  I still kinda think if you could get every LGBT service member to come out at the same time, it would bring the US Armed Forces to their knees.  And it would be because of their own policy.