I caught some of this on Maddow last night:

And then I learned from the AP that she hails from Findlay, Ohio.

“I intend for my resignation to offer a concrete example of the consequences of a failed law and social policy,” she wrote in her resignation letter, referring to the law against gays serving openly in the military.

She said she will work through her studies and political activism to win repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law and would apply to return to West Point in the 2011-2012 academic year if that happens soon enough.

Katherine Miller makes me proud of being an Ohioan.  Its a very courageous stand she’s making.  Couldn’t have been an easy decision.  Let’s hope we finally don’t exclude talented military officers and enlisted members simply over sexual orientation.

You don’t have to wear a ring or an uniform to have honor.  By refusing to live a lie, Katherine Miller showed why DADT harms West Point’s Motto of “Duty, Honor, Country.”

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  • Shalom Brian,

    I'm suspicious. Cadet Miller knew the rules when she signed up.

    I have to wonder if she, like Rosa Parks, was a plant.

    I'm not suggesting that her actions are wrong in any sense, but rather that I would respect her even more if she, again like Parks, embarked on her course knowing the expected outcome and intended all along to embrace that challenge.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • Anastasjoy

    Jeff, I seriously doubt anyone is going through three years of West Point as a “plant.” She probably thought that the trend was toward the elimination of DADT, a completely reasonable assumption, and that by the time she graduated it would be gone.

  • Shalom Anastasjoy,

    You may be right, but if that is true then she's a little less admirable than if she was a plant.

    To think in 2006 or 2007 (depending upon when she applied to West Point) that Don't Ask Don't Tell was somehow on the road to elimination any time soon would have been incredibly naive.

    To instead apply for and accept entrance with the intent of making a statement regardless would have been incredibly heroic.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • modernesquire

    Well, as she said in the interview, she was still struggling with coming to terms with her sexuality in high school when she signed up to go to West Point. That's hardly an implausible scenerio.

    Anyone who's been to West Point will tell you (ahem), it's not something you can stick out that long, and easily excel so well, just to make a political point.

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  • Shalom Brian,

    Again, I won't take anything away from Cadet Miller, but I would be more impressed if her actions were part of a long-term strategy and not the culmination of a personal struggle and indecision.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

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