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Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Equal rights? No rush.

When I wrote "Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Don't Hurry" about the military taking one year to "study" how to "implement" a policy of not firing gays and lesbians, I didn't know the half of it. Literally::
The team...will have until the end of the year to finish its work.

Gates cautioned, however, that the military would move slowly and that it would need at least a year beyond that -- until 2012 -- to fully integrate a change.
Because, you know, it's just so difficult to just stop firing people. And by the way, note the "at least." It's kind of like the time table for getting troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

And while we're on the subject of inane, there's John McCain. Various people have called attention to his obvious flip-flop, claiming in the past he'd listen to the military and yesterday doing exactly the opposite. But I took more note of this statement:

"[This policy] has helped to balance a potentially disruptive tension between the desires of a minority and the broader interests of our all-volunteer force."
No, John, it's not the "desires" of a minority, it's the rights of a minority. And what "broader interests" are you talking about? The "right" of people to be bigots? Sorry, it's that that may be a "desire," but it's not a right.

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