Fifteen to 20 years ago, a canny friend of mine assured me that I would know I was in a different world when the Europeans said no to Washington. I've been waiting all this time, and last week, it seemed as if the moment had finally arrived.
In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.
I respect the patriotism and mettle of those women who want to serve their country on an equal basis as their male counterparts and I must -- albeit ambivalently -- agree that those women able and willing to serve in combat roles should be allowed to do so.
I have consistently defended Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, against allegations that he is "anti-Semitic," against attacks for his lack of appetite for "elective" wars, etc.
Clifford Stanley has not resigned from the cause of improving the lives of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines -- and the veterans of each branch of the armed forces; Stanley has merely removed himself from the bureaucracy that actually impedes and hinders that noble cause.