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Both Mr. Stanley and Adm. Gortney insisted that chaplains and others troubled by the new policy will face no repercussions. Sure they won’t. Adm. Mullen has already invited anyone who disagrees to leave the military.

“We’re not asking anyone to change their beliefs, just treat everyone with respect,” Adm. Gortney said. What if you don’t respect your (male) commander for having sex with other men or wearing a dress and pumps while on leave?

How about the cost of the training? Mr. Stanley said the Pentagon has spent $10,000. Mr. Scott noted wryly that it would be a miracle if anything came out of the Pentagon costing only $10,000. Mr. Stanley did not address how much time and treasure it’s really costing taxpayers to retrain nearly 2 million people in New Age notions about sex.

The full Armed Services Committee is slated to hold another hearing on Thursday with the Joint Chiefs as witnesses. If the GOP members occupy the ground that the subcommittee established and ask more tough questions, it will be hard for Mr. Obama, Mr. Gates and Adm. Mullen to “certify” with a straight face that this won’t harm the military.

For liberals, letting the facts get out is the sum of all fears.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.