Friday, July 2, 2010

It Depends On How You Define "Any"

When Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was dean of Harvard Law School, she barred the military from recruiting through the office of career services, in accordance with Harvard's policy of "shunning prospective employers who discriminate based on sexual orientation."

As expected, she is now facing criticism for this decision during her Supreme Court confirmation process. As the Christian Science Monitor reports (in the link above):

"The action was controversial because it came at a time when the United States was at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By November 2004, 1,410 coalition forces had died in Iraq, and 196 had been killed in Afghanistan.
To many Americans – including those with family and friends on overseas deployments – any effort to restrict military recruitment endangers US service members and the country."

Any by "any," I suppose they aren't including the ban on openly gay people who are otherwise fully qualified to serve within the scope of efforts that "endangers US service members and the country." I guess it's the special Homo Exception to the "restrictions on military recruiting endangers our security" meme.

Just so we're clear.

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