A House Armed Services subcommittee held a hearing on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell today. NBC News files this rush transcription of remarks from Representative Allen West (R-Florida):
"I am concerned this is the camel in the tent...How can you give us the comfort that [those] who see the failures of this program are free to speak up?"
"We are a military that is in combat..there is so much training required...I don't want to see us mandate more training that takes away the [ability] of the young commander to be effective....the time spent training is time not at the rifle range."
Metroweekly reports on a DADT separation hearing held yesterday, more than three months after President Obama set the repeal process in motion.
Up top, the parents of Corporal Andrew Wilfhart, 31, talk about losing their gay son in Afghanistan. He was killed in action on February 27, having volunteered to go so that he might take the place of someone who had kids. It's almost too much to bear.