I did participate in Passport week and should have my passport in a few weeks. For an extra 20 dollars there is a passport card for short trips to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this card is not good for my trip to Guyana. In many ways the card is better because the information is scan able. Ideally, I would love to see these cards replace passports, but it will not happen.
I find it amusing in an era where the Obama administration is addressing don't ask don't tell that it has not addressed mistreatment of Jews in the armed forces. One can read some of these stories in the press. My family in the military are officers and have not experienced this, but they are high ranking officers. The stories that come out have dealt with new recruits.