One of the North Country’s new Republican congressman is a former Army colonel. Rep. Chris Gibson has suggested in the past that he himself administered the don’t ask-don’t tell policy.
According to the Albany Times Union, Gibson is urging a “cautious” approach to the Pentagon’s report calling for gays to be allowed to serve openly in the military.
“There has to be a period where we have a dialogue with the leadership of the United States military, the top enlisted members in the Army, the sergeant majors and also the top general officers,” he said. “This isn’t something that you can get a five-second synopsis of and then take a position on.”
In keeping with his position on the campaign trail, Gibson said it could be risky to make big changes to military practices while U.S. armed forces are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“We’re talking about the readiness of our Armed Forces in a time of war, when our forces are engaged in two major theaters right now (and) trying to bring closure to those operations,” Gibson said. “So, as I’ve said all along through the campaign, we need to proceed deliberately here and make sure that we take in full view the impact on readiness.”
The interview apparently took place before the actual report was released, though the gist of the Pentagon study’s findings were well known. Read the full article here.