LET'S SHOW A LITTLE MERCY TO LISA NOWAK
FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT AND NAVY CAPTAIN
NEVER LIED ABOUT BEING "ABDUCTED" OR
$CAMMED AN UNDESERVED "DISABILITY" PENSION
NOWAK'S LIFE RUINED ALREADY - NO NEED TO
"SHOOT THE WOUNDED" - FIRED FROM NASA
SOON TO BE PUT OUT OF NAVY - LISA'S "CRIME"
WAS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A COMPLETE JERK
HER BAD CHOICES UNDERMINED OTHERWISE
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS - VETERAN PILOT
AND NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATE "ALREADY
HAS SUFFERED MORE THAN ENOUGH"
We've stocked up on printer paper for the blizzard of e-mails that is sure to arrive accusing us of "going soft" on troubled former NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak.
We can't find it in our heart to join the mob crying for her utter destruction. The woman is clearly sick and needs help. Who in their right mind would have done what she did, driving through the night to confront the younger (and we think less attractive) girlfriend of the man she had dearly loved? The bag of "weapons" she brought with her from Houston to Orlando may or may not have been used. In Nowak's decreased mental state, who knows what she intended?
No, we're not making excuses for some very bad decisions. Lisa will have to live with what she did the rest of her life. She has been fired as a NASA astronaut; will soon be dumped out of the Navy, perhaps without pension or benefits; and the vindictive "other woman" in this "love triangle" is sure to sue Nowak in civil court.
Lisa's been made a laughingstock by late-night TV comics - the "diaper-wearing" ASTRO-NUT (as headlined in the New York POST). Her estranged husband will surely divorce her and perhaps fight for custody of their small children. We think Lisa Nowak has suffered enough.
Christ said to the throng ready to stone to death a woman caught in adultery: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." They all slunk away. And our Lord comforted the trembling creature and bade her to "go and sin no more."
Lisa, like the woman Christ saved, is clearly "guilty" of the sin of "adultery" (a "crime" in the military when the hypocritical brass want to enforce the regulation). Does that mean she is any less worthy of mercy and forgiveness? Of course not.
LISA'S "MELTDOWN," A FORM OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Capt. Nowak, 44, a graduate of the US Naval Academy and veteran pilot with over 3000 hours in the air in all manner of fixed-wing and rotor aircraft, had to be mentally unbalanced to have thrown away a lifetime of accomplishment in an effort to assuage the terrible pain she must have felt within her heart.
Has anyone reading this article ever experienced the sting of rejection and betrayal? What do we know of the homelife that Nowak existed in prior to her meltdown? She had legally separated from her husband in hopes that fellow astronaut, Navy CDR William Oefelein, 42, would marry her.
He had other ideas. Apparently Nowak was good enough to sleep with and perhaps string along for a while, but when the male astronaut decided to dump the older woman for 30 year-old Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, he did it with a coldness that cut very deep.
So Lisa has enough to worry about already, without a Florida court putting her in prison for the next ten years. What good could possibly come from that?
Remember, no actual assault took place. Not with a knife or a gun. We can understand Shipman's animosity for her onetime rival for Oefelin's affections, but we'll forego seeking the extra pound of flesh. Nowak has been punished and will "pay" for her actions for a long time to come. That should be enough.
LISA NOWAK IS NO "JILL METZGER"
And don't forget, dear reader, another female officer - who many suspect lied about her "abduction" in Kyrgzystan and then scored a lucrative "disability" pension - allegedly based on PTSD - was pampered and protected, not punished at all, by the top Air Force brass.
Lisa Nowak is not Jill Metzger, so before you judge this woman and pile it on, keep in mind "justice" is an uneven and elusive quantity in today's military.
Show Lisa Nowak a little mercy. Please.