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Friday
Feb112011

Rumsfeld: 'Time Has Come' to Allow Gays to Serve Openly

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who served at the Pentagon under two Republican presidents, says the “time has come” time for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

Two months after President Obama signed a law that will lead to the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, Rumsfeld told ABC News Radio the nation is ready for open service.

“First of all, we know that gays and lesbians have been serving in the military for decades with honorable service,” Rumsfeld said.  “We know that [repeal of a ban on gays serving openly] is an idea whose time has come.”

Rumsfeld says he has “enormous respect” for the ground commanders and service chiefs who have expressed concerns about the impact of gays serving openly on unit cohesion, and he urged the top brass to implement the new law “with care.”

But Rumsfeld says that congress, which passed the repeal bill in the waning days of the last session, has expressed the will of the American people.

“We’ve seen it evolve in our country,” Rumsfeld said of the nation’s perception of gays and lesbians, reiterating that many have served in uniform with distinction.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb082011

Donald Rumsfeld Reveals Saddam Hussein Targeted His Daughters

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described what he called an “awkward” moment in a 2003 national security meeting when he was told that Saddam Hussein was offering a $60 million bounty to kill Rumsfeld’s daughters.

“I was concerned,” Rumsfeld told ABC News on Tuesday. “Of course the president and his family had secret service protection. My family did not. And it was a somewhat awkward moment in the meeting,” he said.

The plot also targeted President George W. Bush’s two daughters, Rumsfeld said, and Bush urged him to take it seriously because the administration had killed Hussein’s sons.

“I made a comment like ‘Thank you’ or something and President Bush looked me in the eye and said ‘You better take this seriously,” he said. “And of course I did take it seriously. But I was also realistic that there was not much one could do about that.”

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