In testimony today Army Chief of Staff George Casey and U.S. Marine Corps Commandant James Amos stated their worries about repealing DADT during a time of war. Greg Sargent emphasizes that "the current repeal proposal gives Defense Secretary Robert Gates the leeway to implement repeal on a flexible timeline that would work for [the Service Chiefs]:"
These men are concerned about the timetable of implementation of repealing DADT. But they generally support the goal, and they generally trust Gates to take their concerns about timing into account if repeal does become a reality. It's an important distinction that shouldn't get lost.