WTF – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…
McCain says gay troops represent an “intolerable risk”. – In an April 16 letter to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), McCain says the law, passed in 1993, “unambiguously maintains that open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline.” Senator McCain goes on to incorrectly assert that the U.S. Supreme Court “has ruled that the military may constitutionally discharge a service member for overt homosexual behavior…” (Note: Supreme Court has NEVER made a ruling such as the one McCain states.) McCain then goes on to say, “Most importantly, the national security of the United States, not to mention the lives of our men and women in uniform, are put at grave risk by policies detrimental to the good order and discipline which so distinguish America’s Armed Services.” WTF?????
The current U.S. policy on gays in the military is the only law in the country that forces people to be dishonest about their personal lives or be fired or possibly imprisoned.
Twenty-four other nations already allow open service by gays and lesbians, and none of the 24 report morale or recruitment problems. Nine nations allowing open service have fought alongside American troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, 12 nations allowing open service fought alongside U.S. troops in Operation Enduring Freedom.
The United States, Turkey and Portugal are the only NATO nations that forbid gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed services.
So, by going along with the current thinking of the Ultra Religious Right who want to change our democracy into a theocracy then the following countries should NOT be allowed to fight side by side with the US in any war since they allow gays to serve openly, after all we wouldn’t want our troops to be put “at risk” by gays from other countries:
Argentina, Australia*, Austria, The Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria*, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic*, Denmark*, Estonia*, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy*, Lithuania*, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland*, Portugal, Romania*, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom*
* Denotes current “Coalition Countries” which have troops in Iraq.