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05/03/2007

McCain thinks we're a McBane on military fitness

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 35-1The Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund has revealed that Senator and presidential candidate John McCain has written a letter to their organization, wherein he states that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on openly gay soldiers "unambiguously maintains that open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline."

Because, of course, closeted homosexuality is able to be resisted by the morally righteous, cohesive troops. However, it you break out a truth parade and burst down those closet doors, the lures of the gayness in the soldiers' midst will prove so tempting, disgusting, or enraging, that the army will be a mess of orgies, hate crimes, and verbal condemnations. We simply cannot trust a world in which truth and reality are presented as they are, for fear that those who wish to live in a pretend world may themselves be altered by the actuality that surrounds them.

Ugh, so offensive!

No word if McCain also feels that our tax dollars are unfit to support the military in which we cannot truthfully serve, or that we should feel unwaveringly patriotic towards a country for which we can openly fight. But you know what? We don't even care anymore! Someone who once seemed possibly rational and freedom-loving has waffled, wavered, and kowtowed so f***ing much over the past few years, he has proven himself "an intolerable risk to the morale, cohesion, and discipline" of citizens who enjoy fairness, decency, and forthrightness in their elected leaders!

To download the full letter: McCain Letter to Osburn --4/16/07 [SLDN pdf]
Senator John McCain Defends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Calls Gay Troops an 'Intolerable Risk' [SLDN]

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Your thoughts

So, for the 50th time..... How does McCain explain the perfectly satisfactory cohesion, morale and discipline in the armies of nations with openly gay soldiers? How does he deal with the fact that there are openly gay British soldiers in Iraq right now?

Two conclusions: either McCain and co in the Pentagon (or wherever) are talking homophobic garbage whose assertions are baseless. Or we have to assume that America's forces are weaker than those of smaller nations and need to be protected from homosexual men and women. What's it to be Mr McCain?

Posted by: John C | May 3, 2007 1:05:12 PM

McCain's letter reveals him to be out of touch with reality. No news there.

Posted by: David | May 3, 2007 3:09:57 PM

John C. raises a good point, one I've never heard them answer. I posted on my own blog a follow-up to this:

Why won’t someone from the media ask McCain, and others who espouse this view, that if openly gay soldiers present such an "intolerable risk" how the hell can we rely upon our Allies then? Most of our NATO Allies, including the UK and Australia, allow gays to openly serve in their militaries. How can we possibly depend upon our Allies given this, let alone conduct joint combat operations with them? Are they not afraid that in such actions our Allies will bring an "intolerable risk" that could jeopardize the mission? This "unit cohesion" argument is pure and utter nonsense.

Posted by: John | May 4, 2007 8:41:30 AM

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