AP -- not very quote-friendly, so I won't -- ran a kind of neat story: Marine General James F. Amos says his concern that repealing Don't Ask Don't tell would undermine the war effort was unfounded. (Marines are even tougher than I thought*). That's how AP headlined it. Yahoo News, not so much:I am reminded of the public official (in Ohio?) who predicted "blood in the streets" prior to the state adopting shall-issue handgun carry permits and preemption of most local gun regulation, then came back after they'd been in effect for a year, admitting his prediction had been proven wrong.
Perhaps we underrate our fellowmen (and women). Really, how many kids in your primary school managed to fail "Works And Plays Well With Others?" Actions speak louder than words -- and way louder than Dire Predictions.
* Marines don't shy away from challenges. When an Oklahoma LGBT center invited all the services to send recruiters over, right after DADT was ended, the USMC was the only branch that showed up. I thought I blogged about it at the time but I can't find the posting.
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