I haven’t been in much of a mood to blog lately, perhaps it’s the let-down from finishing my Ph.D, perhaps the rain has made me pensive (in the reflective, not melancholy connotation of the word). (Or perhaps, it’s just wanting to crack the stack of books unrelated to my dissertation that has accumulated.)
Unlike yours truly, she did not favor repeal, but castigates those who contend it will destroy our armed forces:
Why is it so unbelievable that the military would be able to figure out the best way to implement homosexuals serving openly? As the wife of a Marine, I find it deeply insulting to our men and women currently serving with honor to suggest that the mere addition of gay men and women will somehow make our entire military crumble. Understand this: the vast majority of heroes in uniform are better than that. The few that are not won’t last. . . .
Our troops have overcome much worse than the repeal of DADT, and given time, they’ll adapt and overcome this too. It’s too bad that we can’t have the faith in them that they have earned, and so richly deserve.
Read the whole thing. I mean that. Just read the whole thing. (Did someone nominate her for Grande Conservative Blogress Diva?)
In a year’s time, I predict, the lifting of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy to allow gays to serve openly in the military will have become a non-event. The military will adjust, as it always does, sooner or later, to social trends. The military rules that now govern relations between men and women will be extended to gays. There will undoubtedly be issues of sexual harassment and sexual relations and sexual tensions to handle — just as there are today. But handle them the military will.
Again, read the whole thing. It’s short. Both writers, like the bloggers here, have strong respect for our military. The men and women who can confront terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan can accommodate gays in their ranks.