Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Yes, let's make sure bigots get their say

According to CNN (here), the Pentagon is conducting a survey of troops to help them understand the potential impact of repealing "Don't Ask/Don't Tell." Which is just fucking awesome. Hopefully some of those questions will also ask about allowing girls to serve. Or negroes. Or, you know, Jews (like they would).

Fuck.

Here's the thing: nearly all of our military allies allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, so regardless of what the US does, its troops still serve among gays and lesbians as part of international forces. And if you are going to tell me Israel's and Germany's armies lack effectiveness, I am going to call you a fucking liar.

But here's a little recent history from the University of Houston's Digital History site (here) regarding the racial integration of the US military (cringe, that will NEVER work--troop morale, wah wah wah):
In February 1948, President Harry S. Truman directed the U.S. armed forces to desegregate as quickly as possible. In July, he issued Executive Order 9981 calling on the military to end racial discrimination. It would take several years - and another war - before the military actually ended segregation. Three factors would ultimately lead to integration: the growing recognition that segregation undercut the United States' moral stature during the Cold War; the need to reduce racial tensions within the military; and the manpower needs produced by the Korean war.

In February 1948, President Harry S. Truman directed the U.S. armed forces to desegregate as quickly as possible. In July, he issued Executive Order 9981 calling on the military to end racial discrimination. It would take several years - and another war - before the military actually ended segregation. Three factors would ultimately lead to integration: the growing recognition that segregation undercut the United States' moral stature during the Cold War; the need to reduce racial tensions within the military; and the manpower needs produced by the Korean war.

Oh, and it's probably worth mentioning that the US armed forces have discharged several experienced Arab linguists (at a time when their skills are so valued that the heterosexual linguists got insanely large raises to stay) because they were gay or lesbian. So, you know, fuck readiness.

Gah.

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