An army of whine

From Gates’ letter yesterday to the House on DADT:

“Therefore, I strongly oppose any legislation that seeks to change this policy prior to the completion of this vital assessment process. Further, I hope Congress will not do so, as it would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspective do not matter on an issue with such a direct impact and consequence for them and the families.”

1. We didn’t poll the troops on whether they liked blacks in the 1940s.
2. We didn’t poll the troops on whether they wanted to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.
3. We don’t poll the troops on decisions made by their commander in chief. The notion is silly, and downright dangerous in a democracy, let alone in the military itself.
4. The repeal of DADT impacts the families of the troops? Really? How so? That is quite possibly the biggest bunch of homophobic bullshit yet in this entire debate. What, every servicemember is going to have to adopt a homo if the repeal passes? Or will serving with openly gay people suddenly turn all the troops gay, so their spouses will be impacted when every soldier starts playing Lady Gaga CDs non-stop? How exactly is letting gay people, who already serve in the closet, now serve openly, going to “impact” and have “consequence[s]” for the families of service members?

Then there’s the matter of Ike Skelton (D-MO), who opposes repeal, and got Gates to write this letter. Can anything be done to ruin his re-election? I sure hope your donations to the DCCC and the DNC aren’t going to help an avowed homophobe like Skelton. Maybe it’s time that GetEqual paid Skelton a visit. Not to mention, maybe it’s time that Skelton lost his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee.

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