Big surprise here... President Bush supports discrimination against gays and lesbians. Shocker, no?
Asked about recent comments from the military's top officer that homosexuality was "immoral," Bush said, "I will not be rendering judgment about individual orientation."
But, he added, "I do believe the 'don't ask/don't tell' policy is good policy."
Isn't that nice of him? He won't render judgement... But by supporting Don't Ask Don't Tell, Bush is "rendering judgement" if he believes that the only way for gays and lesbians to serve in the military is for them to keep an integral part of their lives secret. Would he dare to tell Muslim or Pentecostal recruits that they could be in the military as long as they never mentioned their faith? If they never participated in any religious ceremonies? If they didn't act on any of their religious beliefs? Now let's change that to race and see where it leads us...
I love me some Bill Clinton, but this has to be one of the stupidest policies every implemented during his presidency. You'd think that Bush would be so desperate for troops that he'd be ecstatic to be able to kill two birds with one stone: he'd get this soldiers for Iraq plus with the death rate of US troops, he'd be able to eliminate some of those pesky "perverts."
You know, I'll never understand why anyone would want to join the military. It's never appealed to me. But I've never understood why someone would want to be a Republican either, so I think of them along the same lines. It's not for me, but if someone else wants to do it they should have every right to do so. Which, come to think about it, is pretty much what I want from straight people - the general attitude of "It may not be for me, but you should be allowed every right that I get."
For those who were in the military, what made you join? Especially pre-DADT...