Saturday, August 12, 2006

Real Courage: Gays and Lesbians Want to Enlist!

Ms. Elaine Donnelly, President
Center for Military Readiness
P.O. Box 51600
Livonia MI 48151

Dear Ms. Donnelly:

It's great that you've alerted the Christian press to West Point's English Department's award to Army Second Lieutenant Alexander Raggio for his senior thesis arguing against the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. That only shows your desperation, and that of other Yellow Elephant enablers.

We hope you actually read the thesis first. [Click here, then click again for the thesis.]

We also hope that the West Point leaders who receive your complaints have the same kind of courage as 2LT Raggio, and will ask you what the Center for Military Readiness has done to encourage real American heterosexuals to consider volunteering for military service. [Answer: Nothing.] Even you should agree that the likes of heterosexual PFCs Lynndie England and Steven D. Green are not welcome in our Army, which continues to fight the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere with courage and commitment, though without enough troops to finish the job right.

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes SoulForce's new campaign, "Right to Serve," which assists real gay and lesbian American patriots in seeking to volunteer for military service in the Global War on Terrorism. Unlike Yellow Elephants, these real Americans have actually seen the inside of a recruiting station, and are ready, willing and able to defend our nation. Like SLDN's 12 plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, they demonstrate genuine courage and commitment.

Operation Yellow Elephant also salutes former U.S. Army Sergeant Bleu Copas, of the 82nd Airborne Division, one of 55+ Arabic linguists kicked out under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Ms. Donnelly, wouldn't you like to take your makeup on an airplane again?


Karl Olson
Operation Yellow Elephant

PS. We normally contact subjects of Open Letters a few days in advance, to provide an opportunity for comment and clarification. But, unlike credible College and Young Republicans, and a few Yellow Elephants with guts, you never respond to such polite inquiries, so why bother?

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan. Again.


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