One of the nation's most prominent Christian conservative groups is asking the Pentagon to investigate the leak of its Don't Ask, Don't Tell findings.
The Department of Defense is currently reviewing how an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell would affect the U.S. military, as it engages in two theaters of war. Though a formal report from the study group is due to President Obama on December 1, defense sources told The Washington Post that the study would conclude that ending the policy entails minimal risk to U.S. war efforts.
That leak has created significant political cover for Don't Ask, Don't Tell's opponents: Congress may try again to end the policy (having failed to do so in September) during the lame duck session that will last for the rest of the year. Given that the official findings, if they were to support an end to the policy, would create similar cover in December, the leak effectively gives Congress more time to push ahead under the guiding assumption that ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell won't endanger U.S. servicemembers or hurt America's war efforts (arguments employed by supporters of the policy) and that the Pentagon is largely okay with its end.
So Don't Ask, Don't Tell's supporters shouldn't be too happy about the leak.