Bad news: the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is a bigot, and has a tin ear.
Good news: the Ranking Republican on Senate Armed Services isn’t a bigot, and is a stand-up guy.
Bad news: the Secretary of Defense isn’t a bigot, but he is a coward, and he thinks you’re a fool. If the question is whether a bad policy should be changed, the answer “It’s our policy, and we’re sticking with it” is a non-answer.
All in this story about “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Maybe I’m misreading the polling, but I think this is a good issue for the Democrats, especially if Jim Webb is on the right side of it. There aren’t many votes for the notion that Christian religious fanatics should be allowed to weaken the country’s military capacity to fight against Islamic religious fanatics.