“Congress is considering the White House’s request for a full repeal of the 17-year-old law banning openly gay troops.”
Mr. Gates said the March 8 letter in “Stars and Stripes” by Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, a 34-year veteran who commands all Army forces in the Pacific, was “inappropriate.”
Adm. Mullen said Gen. Mixon erred by appearing to criticize a stated policy position of Mr. Obama and said the matter was under internal review by the Army.
“All of us in uniform are obliged to certainly follow the direction of leadership right up to the president,” Adm. Mullen told reporters. “In the end, if there is policy direction that someone in uniform disagrees with…the answer is not advocacy; it is in fact to vote with your feet.”…
Asked if Gen. Mixon should leave the military as a result of the flare-up, Adm. Mullen said it was “a decision that would certainly be up to him.”
Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for the Army, said Gen. Mixon’s letter “didn’t reflect the Army’s thinking or position on this issue.” He declined to say if Gen. Mixon would be disciplined
Top General Commander Conway of Marines also seem to be under fire.