Dear Secretary Rumsfeld,
The July 7th New York Times reported that hate groups, in particular the Aryan Nations, are infiltrating the US Military. Other reports have mentioned that the number of low-scoring applicants accepted into our volunteer forces has been increased, and that the number of currently-serving low-scoring troops has risen from under 2% to almost 4%.
This is highly distressing. At a time when our military's chief task is to win the "hearts and minds" of the (obviously non-white) Iraqi people, we cannot afford to have even one racist serving in our forces. It takes just a few "bad apples" to undo all the work of thousands of other honorable soldiers.
Please adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and hate-group membership for the US military, and restore recruiting standards, even if it means missing recruiting targets in the short term. Lower standards may fill uniforms for now, but in the long run, it will weaken the military, in terms of its ability to execute technically demanding operations, command respect, and wield moral authority.
Perhaps the current GOP line on how to treat hate-group membership in the military is to favor "don't ask, don't tell"? :-P