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Republican Representatives Not Satisfied With How Quickly Troops Are Learning About Gay Comrades

At Friday’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell hearings before the House Armed Services Committee — a chance for Pentagon officials to taunt Republican lawmakers with the impending doom of openly gay servicemembers — we learned that some 200,000 troops, or nine percent of American forces, have been trained on how to handle showering with a gay. The whole training exercise could be wrapped up by summer’s end, which worried Republican representatives. And for good reason!

But Republicans on the House subcommittee, especially those who were elected last November, argued the repeal was a mistake when the nation was involved in three wars — Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. “We are now looking at a behavior and we are trying to conform the military to a behavior,” said Rep. Allen West, R-Fla [pictured].

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., asked how the new policy would improve readiness of the military. Stanley said it was too early to tell, but added: “We do know from an integrity standpoint that we won’t have members lying about who they are.” That didn’t satisfy Hartzler, who said the mission of the military is to win wars and “I’m very concerned that in a time of war … that we are making such a radical major shift in our policy.”

Two-term Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said he had no confidence in the repeal process. “I think this is a political decision obviously made by the executive branch and the military will follow it under whatever circumstances and ramifications it has to the combat effectiveness to our forces,” he told Stanley.

Freshman Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., questioned how much money the Pentagon was taking from war fighting to spend on training for the new policy. Gortney said it was $10,000, a minor amount when the Pentagon spends hundreds of billions annually. Scott, who found the amount hard to believe, remained opposed to repeal. He said service members would not re-enlist, with the military and country losing “because of this social policy.”

Rep. West, meanwhile, is a 22-year Army veteran. And he knows what’s best for America’s military: Letting the people vote on what type of military spending needs to go. Because that, friends, is something every citizen should have a say in.

By:           JD
On:           Apr 4, 2011
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  • 6 Comments
    • justiceontherocks
      justiceontherocks

      A meesage for these three airheads and others like them:

      It’s over. You lost. Find something else to be bigoted about.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Norman
      Norman

      Get over it, Republicans!

      Up to your old tricks of stirring up things prior to election time.

      You lost! And you’ll lose again in the 20

      Apr 4, 2011 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Norman
      Norman

      Get over it, Republicans!

      Up to your old tricks of stirring up things prior to election time, eh?

      You lost! And you’ll lose again in the 2012 election.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zach
      Zach

      “”I’m very concerned that in a time of war … that we are making such a radical major shift in our policy.”

      I’m very concerned that in a time of war… you assholes keep dragging the armed forces before committees to rehash something that is already been decided and implemented.

      Apr 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg
      Greg

      Fear is the motivation behind this military “training.”

      Fear is the motivation behind Vicky Hartzler’s “concern.”

      This fear I’m referring to is the fear of homosexuals – homophobia. The Republican Party shall remain the Party of Fear. Even when the truth is presented to them, they perpetuate their fear-mongering political campaigns relentlessly, and I’m certain it has everything to do with money and political gain, as opposed to American citizens and our rights.

      Apr 5, 2011 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris G.
      Chris G.

      Chris G. (a.k.a. Troy Wunderlich)

      I am a homosexual male who is an active military member. People pretty much know this about me, it’s kind of obvious, except my wife doesn’t know. I want to keep her in the dark about it because we are members of the Republican Party and The National Alliance and active in almost all conservative action committes in our area. It’s hard being a homosexual weatherman in the Air Force, they won’t even let me fly planes, I’m pretty sure it’s because I got caught with the Colonel’s gay son one night “in the cock pit”. Living this double identity is tiresome (Troy/Chris), and being a White Power Advocate, it makes it even more difficult because I have a weakness for them “colored boys”. I am sincerely conflicted, how can I remain true to my white brethren, the war party, my female property and still enjoy the pure pleasure of getting my ass packed by a large black boy? If the Green Bay Packer Fan Club (www.acmepackingcompany.com) knew this about me, I’d be dead.

      Mar 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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