Friday, September 16, 2005

# Posted 2:52 AM by Ariel David Adesnik  

"DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL" VS. "PRETEND THEY'RE STRAIGHT": Kevin Drum points to a recent study that says the military has prevented the discharge of gay soldiers in units about to mobilized. Nonetheless, a small number of gay soldiers have been discharged during their tours of duty in Iraq.

The bottom line here is that gay soldiers in no way undermine the cohesion of the units in which they serve. If anything, the lengths to which they go to fight and die for their country despite being treated as a second-class citizens demonstrate just why they are such valuable members of the armed forces.

As with gay marriage, I think that the open acceptance of gays in the military is only a matter of time. Kevin predicts, however, that Bush will appoint a "fire breathing social conservative" to replace Justice O'Connor in order to placate the party's base.

Perhaps, but if I were Bush I would just look for another super-smooth John Roberts type who would make the Democrats squirm with his invulnerability, then vote reliably with Thomas and Scalia.
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