by Bill Forman
In light of comments from Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it's no surprise that Defense Secretary Robert Gates stepped up to the mic today to try and put the brakes on lifting the "don't ask, don't tell" restriction against gays in the military.
Gates wants to wait for the results of an 11-month study to determine whether the presumed influx of gays who want to kill people will outnumber the presumed exodus of homophobic troops who don't want to be around them.
In the wake of profound political divisions over health care reform, this latest wedge issue is making Barack Obama's first year in office look a whole lot like Bill Clinton's.
So in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, let's all take a moment to reflect on the kinder, gentler approach to the issue proposed in this video: