July 11, 2022

Jill Biden (inaccurately) tweeted that “women have had the right to make decisions about our own bodies…stolen from us.” A retired three-star general replied, “Glad to see you finally know what a woman is.” For that pointedly humorous (and I think, quite reasonable) response, he has been suspended from his job as an expert mentor and advisor to active duty officers pending an “inquiry.” I hope that the “inquiry” confirms that we do, indeed, have a First Amendment.

Naturally, a lot of us are waiting to see what the official response will be to the female soldier who made a splash on Twitter with a video of her railing against the Dobbs decision and demanding, “How am I supposed to swear to support and defend the Constitution and a country that treats its women like second-class citizens?”

Sorry, but that seems to me to be a much more strident public political statement than the general's, and one that calls into question her loyalty to her country. And she’s still an active duty soldier. Will there be an “inquiry” or a suspension? Will she be given a pass because she’s expressing the “correct” viewpoint? Or will she be discharged so she can go work at MSNBC?