The United States military seems to be sending a clear message to gays these days: Weâ€™ll use you to fight in times of war, but youâ€™re dispensable during peacetime.
The â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy that was instituted over a decade ago is not being enforced for gay soldiers needed to fight in Iraq. An official from the U.S. Army Forces Command says:
“The bottom line is, some people are using sexual orientation to avoid deployment. So in this case, with the Reserve and Guard forces, if a soldier ‘tells,’ they still have to go to war, and the homosexual issue is postponed until they return to the U.S. and the unit is demobilized.”
There are an ever increasing number of U.S. military casualties in the Middle East everyday. Is the Pentagonâ€™s taking advantage of such a hypocritical regulation a sign that the military is in desperate need of more troops?
We think Chef from the South Park movie put it best: â€œHuman Shield, my ass.â€