An excellent point, and piece, by Greg Sargent over at the Washington Post:

One thing that’s been oddly missing from the debate in the Senate over repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is any discussion of the moral and human dimensions of this story. The discussion has mostly been bone dry: It’s all about what the statistics in the Pentagon report actually reveal and whether Robert Gates will implement repeal on a sufficiently flexible timetable.

Indeed, when Senator James Webb today asked the Service Chiefs a simple question about the human beings impacted by this discriminatory policy, everyone at the hearing acted a bit startled. Webb asked: What should we do with patriotic Americans who have already served our country for years, and want to lead free and open lives? Everyone looked uncomfortable, as if Webb had gone way off topic,

Greg has a lot more. Read it.