At the DADT press conference, Chris Johnson from DC Agenda asked if Gates supported a legislative change in the law before the Pentagon completes its study.
I do not recommend a change in the law before we have completed our study. There is a great deal we don’t know about this…in terms of the views of our servicemembers, in terms of the views of their families and influencers….there are a lot of unanswered questions…
Gates thinks the President is very comfortable with this process. The problem is that we may not have the votes to do this next year. Our opportunities diminish if Democrats lose seats in November.
(I’ll have video shortly..it’s still processing.)
Later, in response to a question from Kerry Eleveld as to whether the study is looking at whether to implement repeal or how to implement it, Gates did say “the study is about how you would implement it…the study is not about should we do it. The study is about how would we do it.” That’s helpful because GOPers on the Hill have spun this study into a “whether” DADT should be repealed, which is not the case.