Senator John McCain continues to stand in the way of history: He argued strenuously against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Thursday, saying a repeal would be “premature.” He seized on the study’s finding that 60 percent of Marines support the policy—even though 70 percent of the overall military has few or no problems with a repeal—to argue that it would be dangerous to lift the policy during war. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen directly challenged McCain. "Repeal of the law will not prove unacceptable risk to military readiness," Mullen said.
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