I had wanted to take some time off from commenting on The Campaign That Will Never End, but your latest screed criticizing retired General Colin Powell demands a response. While I share your disappointment in General Powell’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President, your remarks in expressing such are truly beyond the pale:
If General Powell is not concerned about the consequences of repealing the law, he cannot be described as a conservative or even the credible leader of the military that he used to be. If Powell does not favor all of these consequences, why has he announced his intent to vote for Senator Obama, who has promised to push for repeal of the 1993 law? Either way, General Powell is letting down the men and women of our military.
One would have thought that after Congressmen from both parties handed you your perfectly-coiffed head just three short months ago on Capitol Hill you would be reluctant to attack such a highly-decorated and highly-respected veteran like General Powell. Silly me. Perhaps this should be expected since your life’s work regarding DADT is about to be squelched, given the dramatically growing acceptance of gay and lesbian soldiers by their peers let alone the feelings of the public-at-large on this matter. You do remember that this is an all-volunteer force we are speaking about, tasked in the defense a nation that claims to hold to the ideal enshrined in our Constitution of We The People? I’m sure it must be galling to an out-of-touch activist such as yourself to see this great shift, but maligning someone like General Powell for such frivolous partisan reasons is not bound to help your lost cause. Indeed, most folks will only find this itself to be incredibly galling especially since you have never served a single day in the military yourself and have no earthly idea what you are talking about. Feel free to criticize General Powell for endorsing Senator Obama all you wish but kindly check this kind of rhetoric about his military service at the door. He has personally sacrificed and served our country honorably for far longer than you’ve been leading your anti-gay, anti-woman and frankly anti-military crusade. It has no place at all in this debate and does nothing more than expose the unsavory extremism of your side.
Oh and one more thing, with regards to your specious remark that those who support repeal of the ban against gays openly serving in the military “cannot be described as conservative”, such would be news to the late Senator Barry Goldwater, hailed by many as the “Father of Modern Conservatism”:
“Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.”
— John (Average Gay Joe)