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The Pentagon Didn’t Ask Troops If They Like Going To Iraq, Nor If They Wanted To Serve With Out Gays

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DADT study, speaking on a conference call yesterday, explaining why researchers didn’t ask troops if the law should be repealed