Good grief. This former military officer has written a ridiculous screed at Daddy D’s CitizenLink lamenting the passage of DADT repeal, “With ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ It’s Too Late to Care Now”
Since the advent of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 1993, no idea or position forwarded by homosexuals has been tied to improved mission readiness and effectiveness – none. The media’s sound bite that there would be a loss of skilled personnel if the policy remained was nothing more than a smoke screen. The political reality is that we have a commander in chief who has never served in the military who had promised repeal to a special-interest support group. And Democratic majorities in the House and Senate could make it happen, regardless of the fact that the 111th Congress has fewer veterans than any Congress in history.
What can change this now? Sadly, I think only a future war will have us rethink how we best organize our troops to fight and win wars. At that time, cooler heads will prevail, and we’ll determine who best should be fielded to defend us. The social curiosity that will have been the openly gay service experience will vanish as the nation – at great cost – rediscovers the real purpose for having a military.
He also has a vivid imagination. This is what Col. Bill Spencer (Ret.) believes currently serving heterosexual service members will have on their minds post-repeal.
I fear that our military members in the field are left with these thoughts: “Does my country not think of me that much? Does the country think it should hobble its forces in the field with these distractions during time of war? Does the country require us to deal with this, as well? Am I indeed a patriot without a country? What moral madness awaits us next? When bullets are flying at me, and everyone back home is apparently just thinking about themselves and their own private behaviors, it’s too much to ask of me to sacrifice my life.”
Over at a former soldier’s blog, One Angry Queer, this was the reaction:
I sometimes feel the need to reiterate to chumps like this fogey: America wasn’t founded on the principle that the majority can discriminate against the minority, asshole. Any soldier who believed that his place in the Armed Services, the finest group of men and women I have ever met, was to reinforce the backwards ideals and homophobic notions of fringe bigots– it isn’t his place to be in the military. He needs to get out, and he needs to become an out-of-work plumber. Somewhere else.
Because of this simple reason: This is America, goddammit. I swore to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, and that document doesn’t have room for your hatred. I am flabbergasted at the notion of any soldier I have ever known– patriots all– thinking something this selfish and disgusting. They would promptly be drummed out at best, or locked up for treason at worst. To be frank, it doesn’t exist.
BONUS FUNDIE TOOL — Watch Alex Nicholson of Servicemembers United go up against Peter Sprigg of the documented hate group, the Family Research Council.