Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post tells us here that he’s fed up with “the antiquated arguments against gays serving openly in the military,” recycled in a Post Op-Ed today by James J. Lindsay, Jerome Johnson, E.G. “Buck” Shuler Jr., and Joseph Went.
This is a particularly timely subject because, as noted here…
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported (U.S. House 8th District PA congressman Patrick Murphy) will be the new sponsor of the measure to repeal the policy on gays in the military.
When the president of the Center for Military Readiness testified against repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Congressman Patrick Murphy went after her assertion that gays in the military would be detrimental to unit cohesion.
During the House Armed Services Committee hearing last July, Murphy, an 8th District Democrat, told Elaine Donnelly “In essence, you’re arguing that straight men and women in our military aren’t professional enough to serve openly with gay troops while successfully completing their military mission. + that’s an insult to me and to many of the soldiers.”
I think that’s a nice comeback that twists the typical wingnuttery on this issue.
And by the way, the Courier Times notes that, according to Talking Points Memo, “Congressman Joe Sestak, a Democrat from Delaware County, has asked to be one of the original sponsors of the bill, along with Murphy and New York Democrat Eric Massa.” The paper also tells us that the U.S. and Turkey are the only countries that currently have bans in place.
This prior post about Repug California U.S. House Rep (and former Marine) Duncan Hunter’s defense of the indefensible (as you can see, the “unit cohesion” argument is pretty damn old) contains this link in particular that tells us what other countries have done (or not done) about this (the post is three years old as you can see, but I think it’s still instructive because it gives us a look at what you might call a more “international” mindset).
Also (as noted here), the first American GI wounded in Iraq was Eric Alva, who lost a leg when he stepped on a land mine (Alva “came out of the closet” over two years ago).
Update: Speaking of Patrick (for Bucks County folk), he will be hosting a “Green Energy” workshop at the Lower Makefield Township Building on Edgewood Road tomorrow at
10 AM 2-4 PM (sorry about that – more here).