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General Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Commander in Iraq who shaved Stephen Colbert's head(you decide which is a greater honor) has come out in favor of allowing gay people the right to serve and to die for their country "as long as we are still able to fight our wars.".

I noted on Sunday the comments by CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus which sounded supportive of repeal; I think it's fair to say that something is happening here.

Generals Odierno and Petraeus are close, having been all but joined at the hip during the Iraq "surge".

Of course, General Odierno hasn't said outright that DADT should be repealed.  He apparently is more focused on carrying out his duties.

Odierno told reporters Monday that he had not had much time to think about whether gays should be allowed to serve openly. He said the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" has been a "non-issue" to him.

Congressional lawmakers this week will press the military's top uniformed officers for the first time on whether they think repealing "don't ask, don't tell" makes sense or would be too disruptive.

Whatever happens it's going to be interesting.  Tough to predict, but interesting.  Here's hoping for some strong endorsements of repeal.  

Also, about Afghanistan:
Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal(disclaimer; Weekly Standard affiliated) has a fantastic breakdown-up of the Taliban's current leadership and their structure.  It's information heavy for you curious types.

Originally posted to Setrak on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 06:26 AM PST.

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