The horrors of the Bush administration are truly a universal experience, but it really is, as they say, different for girls. No Bush, no David Hager, who advised the Bush administration on women’s issues despite his history of marital rape. No Bush, no return to the global gag-rule on reproductive rights. No Bush, no Iraq war, no female Iraqi suicide bombers.

But it’s legacy time. And so here comes W to stand for women in uniform:

President Bush today nominated Army Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody for promotion, which, pending Senate approval, would make her the first woman to be a four-star officer in U.S. history.

Congrats to Gen. Dunwoody, who certainly doesn’t deserve to be associated with the Bush administration. But her promotion would be less bittersweet were it not for this:

The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group.

The FDL crew boasts a murderer’s row of lawyers, so I’m not going to front, but how is this not the stuff that gender-discrimination lawsuits are made of? A fitting end to the Bush era. And we might even get justice!

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman