Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The US military and 'morality '

What exercises Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he ponders on what is moral?
Is it the behaviour of the military at Abu Ghraib or other such abuses ?
Is it perhaps the fact that people are left to rot in Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial ?

Of course not, he is preoccupied with what consenting adults do in bed :

Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he backed the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexuality.

The policy bans homosexual acts between members of the military.

Under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, introduced in 1994 to relax a complete ban on gays, commanders are not allowed to enquire about the sexual orientation of their personnel.

Soldiers, sailors and air force staff are not supposed to reveal their homosexuality, and are banned from engaging in homosexual acts.

"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Gen Pace told the Chicago Tribune.

"As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behaviour] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behaviour," he said.

When Clinton went along with this it was a fudge and apparently not a very effective one at that. A 2005 government audit said 10,000 troops have been discharged because of the policy.

The attitude that its immoral probably helps in Iraq where LGBT people are killed because of their sexuality by religious extremists in both the 'resistance' and the Iraqi forces .

And no I'm not supporting 'our' boys or theirs in their imperialist role, just pointing out nasty right wing prejudice and preoccupation with sexuality.