Betsy Newmark and Denis Keohane have a spot-on observation regarding San Francisco’s banning of JRTOC. Betsy writes:
Denis Keohane makes the great point that the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that so many object to is not the policy of the military, but part of a law voted upon by a Democratic congress and signed by a Democratic president. Congress has the power to write regulations for the military and they did so. And Nancy Pelosi was one of those representatives who voted against the bill before voting for it. Keohane points out that the San Francisco school board would never vote to ban Nancy Pelosi or Bill Clinton from coming to speak in their schools, yet they’ll ban a program that students are benefiting from. He has this final request of soon-to-be Speaker Pelosi:
Congresswoman Pelosi: As you may shortly be third in line of succession as Commander in Chief of our armed forces, could you please take a moment to inform some of your constituents back home in San Francisco that our military is subordinate to civilian rule, and that punishing them for adhering to law that you and the Congress passed and a Democratic Presdent signed is inappropriate?
That would be a fantastic Sister Souljah moment of centrist triangulation, but that doesn’t sound like Speaker-to-be Pelosi’s style.
As I wrote yesterday, the anti-military views of San Francisco’s “Bobos In Paradise” are cultural, not geographical, of course. In The New York Sun, Manhattanite Amy De Rosa describes observing them up close and personal on the Upper East Side.