Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Look, the Army just doesn' want Gays to fight for their country's interests, capiche?

Obama's been itching to remove that unconstitutional and morally obscene military rule, the infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' discrimination that basically prevents gays from serving in the Army unless they pretend to be straight. Well, now some stupid old kooks and cranks are breathing down his neck not to do such a thing.

Obama is consulting with the Pentagon on the issue and says he supports eventual repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays in the military from being open about their sexual orientation. A bill that would allow gays to serve openly has been introduced in Congress.

A statement issued by the retired officers Tuesday said passage of that bill "would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force."

Among the signatories were Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., a former commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Gen. Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-91 Gulf War; and Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations.

The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service" and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and "unit cohesion."

Further proof that experience really isn't everything; apparently, all those long years of service haven't done much in terms of imparting these officers with any more shreds of intelligence or reason. Gays don't hit on other men any more than straight men don't hit on girls: on occasion, but not all the time. And in the military, they don't hit at all. Same for gays ... This is so stupid. Exactly how homosexuality is damaging to the military in any credible way is still beyond me.

Anyway, one can certainly hope President 'Perfect-Track-Record-So-Far' Obama will show these old cranks to the door (or window, either way) and repeal that stupid discriminatory rule. Not that I'm pro-military – I hate the military, and anything to do with wars, or anything that reflects human stupidity, arrogance and greed – but if people want to sign up, Hell, it's their choice and no-one should be allowed to stop them unless they have a good reason to, such as if the soldiers-to-be were mentally disturbed or something.

Sorry, stupid homophobes – gayness isn't a mental illness. It's in their genes, so if anything, it's a genetic disturbance. And I use the term 'disturbance' here as liberally and broadly as can be imagined.


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