Then There Was Nunn

After six months of negotiations and wrangling over language, the Administration fashions a gay compromise -- but there's trouble ahead

Last Wednesday, Defense Secretary Les Aspin walked into the Oval Office, assumed his customary slouch in a chair across from the President -- and admitted defeat. It was the eve of the President's self-imposed deadline to come up with a compromise on the military ban on gays in the armed forces. However, despite nearly six months of studying and analyzing, arguing and negotiating, Aspin's report could just as well have been made in January. With Vice President Al Gore, David Gergen, George Stephanopoulos and National Security Adviser Tony Lake sitting in, Aspin told Clinton that the policy dubbed "Don't ask, don't...

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