A reader writes:

I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion that the White House's pressure tactics against the JAG chiefs is "breath-taking and shameless." But, the JAG chiefs were not without a choice. If they really felt as strongly about this matter as they seemed to in front of Congress last week, then the only honorable thing for them to do, in my opinion, would have been to resign their commissions in protest, no matter the personal consequences. By signing those letters, the JAG chiefs stained their own honor and violated their sworn oaths to defend the Constitution. We are truly living in dark times when the defenders of our Republic so meekly surrender to the thuggish cabal that currently haunts the White House.

They're also soldiers and were being pressured by their commander-in-chief. Some lee-way is merited, in my view.