Yet more evidence that "Military Intelligence" is an oxymoron

politics, society

Nine Army linguists, including six trained to speak Arabic, have been dismissed from the military because they are gay.

– from an AP newswire article on November 14

Pathetic.

Here we have the world’s greatest superpower, which also happens to be sorely and dangerously lacking in military personnel who can speak critical foreign languages, dismissing folks because of their sexual predilection.

It sometimes takes years to kick out sexual harrassers in the military, and my understanding is that harrassment against women officers is still very much a problem in the military.

But it takes just one admission or shred of evidence to highlight someone’s homosexuality, and boom, they’re out the door.

How ironic that we trumpet Freedom with a capital F around the world and decry discrimination around the world, yet somehow can’t manage to break out of our own homophobia.

3 comments… add one
  • Harald Nov 18, 2002

    And you just said you wanted everybody to take part in this backward culture. As if American culture isn’t violent enough already. Does the world really need more Americans with the ability to kill?

  • Adam Nov 23, 2002

    Ah, but I think you misread me, Harald 😉

    I was making an argument earlier for compulsory military OR civilian service.  See http://blog.smilezone.com/archives/000208.htm#000208

    Furthermore, I honestly believe that if our military were more diverse (including, perhaps, the sons and daughters of our government leaders), I think America would act more sensibly and be not as quick in jumping into armed conflicts.

  • h0ly Feb 6, 2008

    dismissed from the military because they are gay.

    thats really messed up…

    i believe our goverment is really messed with to much confusion..

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