This post and its comments are being deleted. The comments are beginning to spin out of control, and the whole situation is so messy that I want to back away from it.
I regret doing this — it is the first time I’ve done it on this blog.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.