Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Stalls in Senate

Republicans have blocked a repeal of the ban on openly gays in the military, potentially ending any possibilty for overturning the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy anytime soon.

From The New York Times:

In a blaze of unusual bipartisan fury, a military policy bill that would repeal the ban on gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly in the military stalled in the Senate on Thursday, severely diminishing the chances of ending the Clinton-era policy this year.

On a vote of 57 to 40, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, found himself 3 votes short of the 60 needed to clear a procedural hurdle that would have opened the way for passage of the measure.

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2 Comments on “Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Stalls in Senate”

  1. Ina Says:

    Okay John, now this is a bit complicated lol but am I correct and this means one still has to shut up if you are gay and want to be a soldier and this will not chance?

    Well normally no one would ask your sex preferance when you apply for a job I suppose, so the army is not any different, the difference is when you are gay and do mention it, you can’t become a soldier in the US army just because you are gay.

    Am I right sofar?

    What is the reason gays have to be discriminated when they want to be in the army? Other than pure bias.

    John Sheehan, a fromer supreme allied commander – Atlantic said earlier this year that the Dutch policy of allowing openly gay soldiers to serve in its military led, in part, to its failure to halt the massacre of Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.

    “After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, nations like Belgium, Luxembourg, the Dutch, et cetera, firmly believed there was no longer a need for an active combat capability in the militaries,” Sheehan told a Senate hearing on the don’t ask, don’t tell policy under which gays are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military openly.

    “As a reasult, they declared a peace dividend and made a conscious effort to socialize their military,” he said. “That includes the unionization of their militaries. It includes open homosexuality demonstrated in a series of other activities, with a focus on peacekeeping operations, because they did not believe the Germans were going to attack again or the Soviets were coming back.”

    “That led to a force that was ill-equipped to go to war. The case in point that I’m referring to is when the Dutch were required to defend Srebrenica against the Serbs. The battalion was under-strength, poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone poles, marched the Muslims off and executed them,” Sheehan said.

    “That was the largest massacre in Europe since World War II.”

    So the massacre was partly to blame because there were gay soldiers?? I have never heard such nonsense. The reason the massacre took place under the noses of the UN is horrible, and the Dutch have taken their responsibility for the strategic errors on their part. But it had nothing to do with homosexuality of course.

    (The Dutch UN troops probably did a very bad job protecting the muslim civilians. They trusted Mladic. Well, that is how I understand it. There is a lot about this on internet. And there were a lot of mistakes in the media: they made it look as if the Dutchbatters were celebrating while the massacre took place, but in fact the footage of them was taken when they were emotional about a memorial of the death of killed colleques Raviv van Renssen and Jeffrey Broere. Things like this made them look even worse.)

    It is an insult to all of those brave young gay men and women risking their lives in various places.

    Homofobia – a battle not yet won I suppose.

  2. I can see how the issue would be considered distracting in the military as other soldiers compete for the ‘he-man of the year award’ only to find their side-kick -Robin to their Batman role-being challenged by some guy in a skirt and pantyhose! Lol!

    For the issue to cause a genocide? I doubt it. Sounds like a lame excuse of leaders failing to execute their duties.

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