A big victory of Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo—all charges against them for their two acts of civil disobedience (chaining themselves to the White House gate) were dropped at the last possible second with no explanation.
Choi believes the government didn't want the case to highlight the fact that Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal is not a done deal nor is it around the corner.
I've questioned the tactics of late—the chains, the hunger strike in particular—but these two are men of principle and there's no overlooking the fact that they made the White House blink hard.
By the way, the White House could learn a thing or two about truly fierce advocates by watching these remarks by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who seems to have no problem putting religious leaders in their place when it comes to gay issues.