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Gen. James Amos Wants To Keep DADT Because Out Gays Would Be a ‘Distraction.’ I’ve Got a Solution

Though he won’t say how, the Marines’ top homophobic general, James Amos, insists repealing DADT would put the lives of American soldiers at risk. Well, he sort of said how: repeal would make gays a “distraction” on the battle field. “When your life hangs on a line, on the intuitive behavior of the young man … who sits to your right and your left, you don’t want anything distracting you,” says Amos. “I don’t want to lose any Marines to distraction. I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m visiting at Bethesda (hospital) with no legs.” And if that’s true, how about we just repeal DADT for the men and women operating the drones over of the Middle East from Langley, Virginia? I mean, those things are controlled remotely, and it’s not as if some fag is going to accidentally burst into song and skip down a street laced with IEDs. AMIRIGHT?

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    Time and time again straight soldiers have testified that Gay soldiers are dependable, brave, and couragous on the battlefield………..Stop using those tired old freaking arguments that they used to prevent Black soldiers from serving along white soldiers…………….

  • Daez

    @customartist: Haven’t the ones that already given a damn either already been voted out or realized by now that gay people voted out their constituents? Seriously, the last election was a land slide of hatred where we either rolled over and let it happen or actually contributed to it. The great Republican officials will do so much more for our rights than the Democrats did.

  • scribe

    @Daez: Bush wanted to ammend the constitution to band gay marriage. They want to keep gays from having the smallest of rights… YEAH the republicans are going to save us. WTF

  • Steve

    Gay people already have equal rights. The 14th amendment says explicitly that every person has equal rights, and is entitled bo equal protection under the law.

    I sincerely doubt that the elected officials will make any laws to enforce those equal rights. As long the bigots outnumber the gays, the politicians will pander to the bigots.

    The question is, when will the federal courts start issuing decisions to enforce the Constitution? Several recent decisions seem to indicate that the courts are beginning to do so.

    Those decisions also let the politicians off the hook. They can avoid actually making law by just waiting for the courts to decide.

    So, the law isn’t going to change until the Court decides it is unconstitutional. No surprise there. Just another broken political promise.

  • Jeffree

    Gen. Amos very likely thought that admitting women and African Americans to the military was also a distraction. I bet he’d be the type to want any Muslims discharged as well.

  • B

    No. 2 · customartist wrote, “Now is the time to call your Senators!
    Tell them to ‘Pass DADT Repeal or be voted out in the next elections’”

    Exactly why should I do that given that both of my senators called for DADT to be repealed? Note; You said “pass,” not “vote for.”

    Also, one of my senators (Barbara Boxer) voted against DADT in 1992, when it first came up for a vote. Why would I vote against her if the repeal doesn’t pass?

  • Ken S

    I’ve got a solution of my own: reassign Amos to a position where he hasn’t the opportunity to obstruct the policies implemented by his civilian leadership. His ‘concern’ about ‘distractions’ is absurd, it’s out-of-touch with modern reality (maybe when *he* was in his 20’s it was a huge fucking deal if someone came out, today it’s not that huge of a fucking deal). If he can’t adapt, replace him with someone who can. Inflexibility is not a valuable leadership trait.

  • GetBalance

    The distraction is not gays. Either a soldier is distracted by homophobic thoughts or lustful thts. Problem? Yes, the soldier is out of control. Solution? Get a grip. End of story.

  • jason

    The best thing that could happen to the Marines would be for General Amos to lose his job. The man is a regular ass-wipe. Talk about demeaning the thousands of gay marines who have valiantly served their country.

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