Homophobia Hurts The Homeland

This is what we get when we have leaders who put their own prejudices above the interests of national security :

Even with concerns growing about military troop strength, 770 people were discharged for homosexuality last year under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a new study shows.

The figure, however, is significantly lower than the record 1,227 discharges in 2001 ? just before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was adopted in 1994, nearly 10,000 military personnel have been discharged ? including linguists, nuclear warfare experts and other key specialists.
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Hundreds of those discharged held high-level job specialties that required years of training and expertise, including 90 nuclear power engineers, 150 rocket and missile specialists and 49 nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare specialists.

Eighty-eight linguists were discharged, including at least seven Arab language specialists.

Before you feel like reminding me that “don’t ask, don’t tell” was from Clinton, lemme remind you that 9/11 supposedly “changed everything”. If we’re serious about fighting terrorism, policies like this should be the first to go. At the very least, the whole “unit cohesion” argument doesn’t hold a lot of water (not that it ever did) when we’re talking about guys who sit in cubicles all day translating emails. George Bush could change this with a phone call if he wanted to, but he’d rather placate his conservative base.

4 thoughts on “Homophobia Hurts The Homeland

  1. At the time Clinton said it wasn’t all he wanted but political realities forced him to compromise.

  2. yup. he picked and chose his battles and made much more headway in throwing mothers off welfare roles and de-regulating monopoly laws in broadcasting because of this compromise.

  3. If you want a real good read about the government and it’s antigay policies, and how much it has really cost the United States, read, “The Lavender Scare.”

  4. the homophobic ‘dont ask don’t tell’ policy of our government is, I think, one of many policies to go. others would include the model minority/hypersexualized/undersexualized myth of asian americans, and the social/geographic hierarchy which people by race/ethnicity and socio-economic status. I could go on. but they point is that we’ve got a long way to go… for more info of the already stated issues go here :

    http://www.caaav.org
    http://www.blacklava.com
    http://www.nnirr.org/