Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Embarrassing Our Troops

Here's a disturbing article about an Army recruiter who basically went e-apeshit on a potential recruit when she found out he was gay. She says she was provoked. Funny, I thought the Army taught things like discipline.

Some of the e-mails would be downright hilarious if they weren't horribly embarrassing to an Army that has had problems with official anti-gay discrimination...

2 comments:

Michael said...

If it weren't from a US soldier, it'd be funnier...
Personally, I think that 'Don't ask, don't tell' is a pretty stupid policy. The IDF has a better one: They just don't care if a soldier is gay, as long he does the job.
I heard that from an acquaintance who is an openly gay reserve officer in the IDF artillery. It makes sense to me.

Pierce said...

By and large, I'd guess that "They" are less concerned about anti-gay bias from superiors and policies, and more concerned about conflict between homosexuals and homophobes at the same rank. It's not just about "getting the job done," but about having a community of people who are willing to put their lives on the line for each other.

...Which, for the record, is a terrible justification for DA/DT because it institutionalizes the idea that there's something wrong with homosexuality, which just propagates the problem.