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Well now, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Four Star General “Perfect” Pete Pace, has just given us an earful of his moral beliefs, namely that homosexual activity is immoral. General Pace was talking to The Chicago Tribune about the law of the land, namely the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
This mess of a law goes something like this: if you are a gay man or woman, you may serve in our great military, but you may not be openly gay. It is estimated that there are approximately 65,000 homosexual men or women currently serving. So if they all suddenly “came out” and declared their homosexuality, would that mean we would throw out all 65,000 serving soldiers in a time of war? Are we nuts? We have barely enough soldiers to fight this war as it is, and we need more — a lot more.
We can all remember, or should remember, a war in which black Americans were not allowed to fight alongside white Americans — that being World War II. We can all remember when women were not supposed to go into combat; well, the war in Iraq for sure has that rule busted into little pieces.
Some will argue that these are unfair comparisons. Well, no, it is fair, as all those arguments were based on fear — like the fear that blacks would be as good as whites in combat. Guess what? They were, and still are. As we all know, bravery and competency are not a matter of skin color. We later said (and some still say) the same about women, and we have been equally wrong.
We, that is, we the United States of America, are in a war with terrorists, Islamofascists, and the countries that support them. In this war, we need competent, brave, dedicated and intelligent soldiers. Period. We should not care how they go the bathroom or have sex.
Recently, a great young Marine Sergeant, who was the first serviceman wounded in Iraq, lost both his legs below the knee and had to leave the service, told the world he was gay. So what? Does that mean that for the ten years he served this great nation, he was really not a great Marine, because he was gay? That sort of thought process is full of what drops out of a tall cow’s rear end.
This is a non-issue, a diversion designed to get us to look away from the criminally bad care of our wounded soldiers that was all the rage just last week. Fix that problem “Pete,” and then we might give a damn what you think is immoral or not.
Colonel David Hunt has over 29 years of military experience, including extensive operational experience in Special Operations, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Operations. You can read his complete bio here.