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A sense of just how problematic this initiative may be can be found in a statement reportedly made by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick in Europe last month. According to The Washington Times, the general, who is the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel and a top member of the Pentagon repeal review, described critics as “racists and bigots” who need to get out if they can’t get with the program. Gen. Bostick denies making the statement, but The Times stands by its account. In any event, the remark was really just a more extreme version of one by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen back in March that opponents of repeal should “vote with their feet.”

The fevered swamps of a pre-election season are no place for taking such portentous steps. Senators: Don’t break the military. It’s the only one we have.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (, a columnist for The Washington Times and host of the nationally syndicated program “Secure Freedom Radio,” heard in Washington at 9 p.m. weeknights on WTNT 570-AM.