Rob MacCoun offers an instance of the policy-based evidence-making denounced in this space yesterday. The latest offender is an Army War College study which uses social-scientific-sounding incantations to try to raise the old “unit cohesion” idea from the graveyard of discarded ideas, but produces only a zombie theory, erect and moving but undead rather than truly alive.
The policy in defense of which this evidence was constructed is, of course, the ban on gays in the military. I have it on good authority that while the Pentagon brass still likes “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” junior officers in the field have no time for it. Apparently it’s not being paid much heed in Iraq; no one there thinks we have soldiers to spare.