Alex Blaze

Pace can't keep up with the times

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 12, 2007 11:31 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, military, peter pace

Mr. Joint Chiefs himself, Gen. Peter Pace, doesn't like the gays. From the Chicago Tribune:

Responding to a question about a Clinton-era policy that is coming under renewed scrutiny amid fears of future U.S. troop shortages, Pace said the Pentagon should not "condone" immoral behavior by allowing gay soldiers to serve openly. He said his views were based on his personal "upbringing," in which he was taught that certain types of conduct are immoral.

"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts...," Pace said in a wide-ranging discussion with Tribune editors and reporters in Chicago. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is okay to be immoral in any way."

My personal upbringing taught me that discrimination was immoral, but apparently I can't impose my upbringing on an entire military.

Pace does get a couple of points for honesty (I've been handing those out right and left these days, like to Hardaway and to Coulter). Seriously, instead of the silly "unit cohesion" tripe these DADT supporters try to pass off as a legitimate argument, Pace gets closer to the heart of the matter. I said "closer", because the heart of the matter is the feeling of "ick" that these people have towards GLBT people, but at least a vague statement about morality shows that there isn't any logic behind what they're saying.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that Pace doesn't have any gay or lesbian friends, though. How else can he stick to that silly idea that sexual orientation is a choice that he implies by comparing same-sex lovin' to adultery? Even DADT assumes that sexual orientation is an immutable part of one's identity. Otherwise, there'd be nothing to ask about and nothing to tell, since it bans Homosexual Acts separately.


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