If Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to ensure that the reductions he recently proposed are meaningful, he can set a good example by trimming his own bureaucracy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
It now appears that the American public -- 80% of which want the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law gone -- was sold a handful of magic beans with this 45-day review, and the proof is a man named Victor Fehrenbach.
Let's be careful not to let instances of Christian evangelism in the ranks distract us from a healthy exercise of spirituality and religious feeling. Let's applaud our military chaplains even as we recognize that they too have limitations.
In hand-holding our college students and overloading our troops, we're compromising our educational efforts as well as our military ones. And whether in school or in war, the result could very well be a failing grade.