Bending the Military


Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The nation’s top military leaders have decided to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It will take them a year (or more) to study it and then to do it, but at least they have made the right decision.

Of course, we can already see and hear the forces of reaction digging in to be sure it doesn’t happen. Senator John McCain even claims the policy was “effective.” I wonder if he means that it was effective in forcing out thousands of qualified personnel just when we desperately need them?

Virginia’s senior U.S. Senator, James Webb, himself a former Navy Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Defense, as well as a decorated veteran, is going to need some prodding and convincing on this. I encourage people to write him, helping him understand that his leadership is needed.

Still, I am encouraged by Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. I also am glad President Obama helped them get it right.

Whenever anyone asks me about the existence of God, I point to things like this. I remember Dr. King: “We shall overcome because the arc of a moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

God is the bender.