John McCain's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Concerns Dismissed By Robert Gates In Letter

11/23/2010 12:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Igor Volsky The Wonk Room

Responding to the Senator's request in a previously unreleased letter from October 25, 2010, Gates explained that the review was not a "referendum" on the policy, stressing, "I do not believe that military policy decisions -- on this or any other subject -- should be made through a referendum of Servicemembers." He also emphasized that the final report would inform military leaders of the impacts of lifting the ban and help guide Congress in its decision making...

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