With a national election looming, a cadet asked about the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law and what would happen if someone took office who wants to change it. “It’s a law, and we follow it,” Mullen said. Should the law change, the military will carry that out too, he said.
“We are a military that is under the control of our civilian elected leaders,” he said. “It has served us well since we’ve been founded. That is a special characteristic of our country and I would never do anything to jeopardize that.”
This is obviously a pretty restrained answer, and says nothing about what Mullen would actually do if the question comes up. Would he fight like a crazed weasel against allowing gays in the military, as Colin Powell did in 1993, or would he adopt a more commonsense attitude and work to bring the military into the 21st century? No telling. But this is a promising start.