Long shot presidential candidate Duncan Hunter took some time to smear queers on this weekend’s Don’t Ask-oriented 60 Minutes. The Republican reiterated his homophobic ideology, saying that gays shouldn’t serve in the military because we’re not “hardened warriors”. Hunter also took aim at those gay-loving Brits, a key ally in our Iraq invasion:
The Fallujahs of the world, the Ramadis of the world that require heavy combat and lots of fire-fighting capability – those are the places the Americans go. The other countries tend to go to the so-called peacekeeper zones, where they have fewer fire fights and less contact with the enemy. And the European nations show little will to send large contingents of their military people into dangerous places.
Admiral Sir Alan West defended his nation’s bravery, “I think American troops are very brave and I think British troops are very brave.” He also reminded Hunter that homos can fight with the best of ’em:
You read about the Spartans, they were all homosexuals, the whole lot of them. And I don’t think anyone would suggest for a second that the 500 Spartans fighting against the Persian Army were not pretty macho.
No one in their right mind, at least…
In addition to the Spartans the is the combat records of Alexander the Great, among others. And on a personal note, some of the most proficient fighters and courageous Marines I ever met were gay. Hunter is just another bigoted jackass from the land of Fruits and Nuts. Perhaps, as they say, he doth protest too much? Hunter’s job is safe because shortly after winning his seat in the “Reagan Revolution”, his district was Gerrymandered to assure his reelection. He’s a right wing whack job. I hope he’ll eventually be Gerrymandered out of a job by the Democrats.
I saw that interview and I was dumbfounded by what he said. He probably thinks that gay soldiers would be running around in tights and ballet slippers waiting to get into the showers with real men.
How anyone can think the way he does and seriously present himself to the public as the right choice to lead us is beyond me.
I forget who did the interview but she didn’t press him hard enough to really dig down deep into what his problem was with gays in the service.
But not to worry too much, he’ll probably be caught trawling at some point for some same sex fun and frolics. These people almost always self destruct.
I’m actually glad that they kept his interview in teh piece. It just shows the absurdity of the claims that people have in support of DADT.
I have known since I was twelve years old that
I was queer. I served two tours of duty in an
armored cavalry unit in Viet Nam. During Tet
of 68, we were frequently in heavy combat and
they gave every one of us a Silver Star (Valorius
Unit Award) In addition, I received the Combat
Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
I was in four campaigns. I know many other queer
combat vets. It is complete BS to say that queers can’t fight. Did this guy ever serve?
These nasty Chickenhawk bigots don’t want to think that the objects of their military man crushes might actually LOVE men!!
If you head to “Free Republic”, the clearinghouse for right-wing lunacy, you would think Hunter here was leading in the polls in the Republican primary…he’s actually at 1%. But y’all should head over there to read the lunacy and what they’re saying about his comment the other night…I didn’t provide a link ’cause I figured the editors here would be pissed. But it’s a good laugh…it’s like they and Hunter live not even in a different country but a whole different universe. The sad thing is, the Huckabee/Mcain/Thompson train wreck is what passes for moderation in that party (I didn’t include Romney cause he’s a total gay lovin’ abortionist who’s foolin’ the primary voters ’cause they’re the type of people who’ve suffered brain damage from doing meth and inhaling spary paint cans in their trailers.)
Wasn’t it Republican Barry Goldwater that said, “You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight.”
The Republican Party appears to be dying thanks to the complete and utter insanity of these Right-Wing Pseudo-Religious Neo-Con WHACK-JOBS!
I wish “these Right-Wing Pseudo-Religious Neo-Con WHACK-JOBS!” (thanks Becca) would create their own political party. They’d see how completely out of touch they are when they couldn’t win an election without the sane Republicans (there have to be at least a dozen or so) who don’t support the crazies.
Here in the UK there have been several TV documentaries over the past few years looking at gay people’s lives during World War 2. Many soldiers were gay during everyone’s favourite good war, of course, not least because of the amount of people involved. And they were gay on all sides, one of the documentaries concerned German soldiers in the SS who risked their lives pursuing clandestine relationships.
Morons like Hunter not only insult gay people fighting now but insult those who died to protect their right to spout bullshit.
THIS IS SPARTAAAA
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