Looking forward to 2008, Turner expressed his hope that the next U.S. President would be a "great leader who thinks ahead, like Al Gore." He suggested the audience help convince Gore to run because "we can't afford to waste another eight years."
The article goes on to quote Turner on other issues, and he doesn't disappoint. This next one reminds me of a suggestion that Robert A. Heinlein made years ago: bar men from the practice of law for a hundred years. Women had been barred from the profession for that long; time to turn the tables and find out if the world would be appreciably better or worse. Here's Turner's contribution to that idea:
As for women: "If we had women holding all the public offices, the amount of money on the military would be immediately cut way back and more would be spent on healthcare and education," Turner said. "There wouldn't be lack of family planning or birth control if the women ran things."
Well, I suppose so. Of course, this doesn't take into account the "gila monster" syndrome. What's the "gila monster" syndrome, you ask? It comes from an opinion piece written in 1989 during "Operation Just Cause", the invasion of Panama. Unfortunately I don't remember the author, it may have been Cal Thomas. Anyway, he was writing about whether women should be allowed in combat roles. Panama was the first U.S. action in which women were put into the front lines, and the author wondered whether that was wise. He said that when men fight it's like small furry animals fighting: there's lots of fur flying and growling and tumbling...but when one of them is hurt the fight stops. Then, more than likely, the combatants slap each other on the back and go have a beer together.
But when women fight it's like gila monsters: eyes gouged out, clawed from head to toe, legs pulled off, until one of them lies dead, dead, dead. The author's point being that women in combat wouldn't know when to quit; that sometimes total annihilation isn't necessary.
Do I agree with that? Are you kidding? Do I agree with that? Do I?