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    Early in his testimony, Mr. Gates made clear that he was acting at the behest of President Obama, who reaffirmed his opposition to the existing law in his State of the Union address last week. Mr. Gates then threw the final decision back to the legislative branch.

    "We have received our orders from the commander in chief, and we are moving out accordingly," Mr. Gates told the committee. "However, we can also take this process only so far, as the ultimate decision rests with you, the Congress."

    Any change in the policy would not come any time soon, the two officials made clear. Both Admiral Mullen and Mr. Gates told the committee that there would be a Pentagon review, taking up to a year, to study how to implement any change before they expected Congress to act on a repeal.

    Passage of repeal is far from assured, judging from the negative reaction from some Republicans on the committee, most notably Senator John McCain of Arizona, who pronounced himself "deeply disappointed" in Mr. Gates.

    "I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats." - Eckhart Tolle

    by catnip on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 09:06:42 PM PST

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