We don’t poll the force about potential military operations. We didn’t poll the army that says, you know, do you agreee with 12 or 15 month-long combat tours. So I think that this notion that a referendum is contrary to our tradition and customs and I would not like to see us travel down that path. The work that Mr. Johnson and I undertook was rather can we do this, and I think our report answers that pretty clearly.
—Army Gen. Carter Ham, who helped lead the Pentagon’s DADT study, speaking on a conference call yesterday, explaining why researchers didn’t ask troops if the law should be repealed