Tuesday, March 13, 2007

General Pace Should Keep Up...

It's sad when homosexuals are good enough to die for the country that treats them as second-class citizens, but only as long as they hide what kind of an American they are...

Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral, the newspaper reported on its Web site. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging interview.
And how, exactly, is adultery the same as two adults who aren't married having sex with one another? Homophobe say what? "Adultery" is when one of two individuals who have made a pledge of fidelity to one another breaks that vow... Homosexual acts are... Hmm, between two consenting adults who can't get married... Yeah, that's the same!

Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, said he based his views on his upbringing.
Way to think for yourself there, General! Glad to see our top brass is able to think beyond their childhood! Makes me feel so much better about the troop surge, and sending our soldiers to die. Thank god we kept the immoral gays out, otherwise it could be them dying for our country! (Which is why I'm surprised they're still kicking out the gays--you'd think the right-wing would love the fact that we were killing the gays and the evil Muslims at the same time!! Two birds--one stone!)

He said he supports the Pentagon's 'don't ask, don't tell policy' in which gay men and women are allowed in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation private. The policy, signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation.
"You can die for us as long as you don't enjoy your life," is pretty much what he supports. As long as we hide who we love, as long as no one feels "icky," or has their "manliness" threatened in any way...

Bunch of morons.

Of course, most of today's soldiers could care less who you're sleeping with as long as you can do your job! A poll by Zogby showed that:
  1. Nearly three in four troops (73%) say they are personally comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians.
  2. Of the 20% who said they are uncomfortable around gays and lesbians, only 5% are "very" uncomfortable, while 15% are "somewhat" uncomfortable.
  3. Only two percent of troops said knowing that gays are not allowed to serve openly was an important reason in their decision to join the military.
  4. Of those who know a gay or lesbian peer, 27% said it has a negative impact on the morale of their unit.
  5. Nearly three out of four troops said in the Zogby poll that they usually or almost always take showers privately--only 8% say they usually or almost always take showers in group stalls.
  6. In combat units, 21% said they know for certain that someone in their unit is gay or lesbian.
  7. In combat support units (25%) and combat service support units (22%) know and work alongside gays and lesbians.
  8. One in five troops (20%) in other units said they know for certain someone is gay or lesbian in their unit.
  9. Nearly half (45%) say there are people in their unit they believe to be gay or lesbian, but they don't know for sure.
  10. Slightly more than half (52%) say they have received training on the prevention of anti-gay harassment in the past three years;
  11. However, 40% say they have not received this type of training, which is mandated by Defense Department policy.
Is Pace keeping pace? Doesn't seem so...

Of course, most of our allies in any war we get ourselves into has openly serving gay personnel--which hasn't turned their armies one whit less effective! In fact, knowing that soldiers can focus on doing their jobs and not worrying about witch hunts and homophobic generals means more cohesive units, not less...

Along with the fact that we kicked out over 10,000 soldiers--more than 50 individuals who were fluent in translating Arabic--since 2005, all the while listening to the Army complain about how thin they are stretched--one would think another 10,000 soldiers would be a pretty handy thing to have, wouldn't you?

But, of course, since Pace feels their icky and immoral, he'd rather have less soldiers than a more effective army... And that's really the message being sent here today.

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