Gen Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, managed to change the subject from the crisis in military healthcare--to sex. In an on the record interview with the Chicago Tribune, Pace volunteered that he thought that homosexual acts are immoral, as adultery is. All three network Pentagon correspondents explained why the general is now in hot water. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski quoted Pace's boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Personal opinion really does not have a place" at the Pentagon. CBS' David Martin pointed out that Perfect Pete should not have let his beliefs "out of the closet" since the official military prohibition on open gays in uniform is based on worries about morale rather than disapproval of morals. Martin shared an unofficial estimate that there are 65,000 homosexuals currently serving, while neither asking nor telling. ABC's Jonathan Karl added that even the current Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which has led to the dismissal of 11,000 troops, has plenty of Democratic critics: they worry that "a thinly-stretched military cannot afford to lose so many people."
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