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We always have a hard time understanding the argument, from folks supporting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, that repealing the policy would somehow infringe on unit cohesiveness and would destabilize the military, because soldiers aren’t ready for their gay and lesbian comrades to serve openly, when the desires and wishes of soldiers have never been a part of military policy. It’s always about what is best for national security, not making troops feel comfortable. Which is why we understood the flurry of angry tweets when California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter went on NPR yesterday and railed against gays in the military.
And also: “hermaphrodites” and “transgenders.”
Says a person American people actually voted to put in office: “I think that its bad for the cohesiveness and the unity of the military units, especially those that are in close combat, that are in close quarters in country right now. Its not the time to do it. I think its – the military is not civilian life. And I think the folks who have been in the military that have been in these very close situations with each other, there has to be a special bond there. And I think that bond is broken if you open up the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians.”
He continued: “Yeah, I think that the majority of people in the military are they’re young kids. They usually have more conservative families, more conservative backgrounds and I think that it would go against their principles and it would frankly make everybody a little bit uneasy to be in these close situations, how you go into combat, you know, the shower situation, the bathroom situation, just, you know, very mundane details – things that we have men and women separated, you know, because we dont want to have that sexual distraction. That exists for the homosexual aspect of things, too.”
Rep. Hunter is a Vietnam War veteran. He’s quoted as saying, “I didn’t do anything special in the U.S. Army, but I served with very special soldiers I will never forget.” Undoubtedly, at some point during his “24 helicopter combat assaults,” for which he received a Bronze Star, he was serving alongside a homosexual. Or maybe, horror of horrors, even a “hermaphrodite.” UPDATE: The interview is with Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, the son of Duncan Sr., and who is a sitting congressman from California. We regret the error.