"So, what's the purpose of the poll that President Obama and the Pentagon are conducting among 400,000 U.S. military personnel to determine their feelings about serving with gay men and women?
This isn't the sign of a commander-in-chief at the helm. The poll can be interpreted as President Obama's uncertainty about ending the "don't-ask, don't-tell" policy on gays in the military. Or, it's a sign he believes in a participatory, democratic military, an oxymoron. Or, he's conditioning the military for a change in policy. Or, he's buckled to political critics who want to "study" the effect of gays serving openly. Or, his decision hinges on how 400,000 answer the survey questions.
Any of which undermines Obama's image as a decision-maker."
--Columnist Pat Murphy on the DADT survey