Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War - Chapter 12: Meanwhile, Back in Washington Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 39 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.
This section contains 851 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Study Guide

Summary

In Chapter 12, Gates writes about the controversy over the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy under which gay Americans could serve in the armed forces only if they kept their sexual orientation a secret. If they were outed, either by themselves or someone else, they were separated from the military. Only a couple of days before his State of the Union address, the president told Gates and Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he would announce his plan to repeal the law, angering Gates because he felt more time was needed to prepare. Gates and Mullen began an extensive survey to determine what the effects of repeal might be on the troops, but to their dismay, the White House and Congress were quietly negotiating for a quick repeal. Disagreement over when and how...

(read more from the Chapter 12: Meanwhile, Back in Washington Summary)

This section contains 851 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War from BookRags. (c)2017 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook