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This post submitted by guest blogger Nancy Goldstein.  This post was originally printed in the Washington Post online as part of their "America's Next Great Pundit" contest.

It is with enormous joy that I observe the frenzy in the federal government and certain media venues over last week's federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Today's news: according to the AP, "A Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told that they must accept gay applicants, following a federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military." Any minute now, the same judge is expected to deny the government's request for a stay of her injunction pending the Department of Justice's appeal.

To which I can only say, "About freakin' time." This should be one of the biggest non-issues ever. LGBT people have served in the military bravely and well ever since Achilles and Patroclus first soothed each others bumps and bruises after another hard day of warring with the Trojans. (See here for touching picture). Twenty-two of 26 NATO countries permit LGBT people to serve. And among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, three -- Britain, France, and Russia -- permit gay people to serve openly. One does not: China.

Hmm. Given the anti-China hysteria gripping our midterm elections, don't U.S. politicians want to seize on this as one more way to stoke it? No?

But the best, and simplest response to all this hysteria comes from the folks at UCSB's Palm Center. In response to Defense Secretary Robert Gates October 13th declaration that the suspension of the gay ban "has enormous consequences for our troops," they've created the brilliant Enormous Consequences site.
Exactly how many disciplinary problems, resignations, privacy problems, and unit cohesion problems have there been since the ban was suspended?

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