Olbermann on Gays in the Military

July 5, 2007 at 7:22 am 4 comments

Keith Olbermann rips the military for its ridiculous policy of banning qualified lesbian and gay soldiers from serving. Of course, while soldiers who refuse to lie about being gay are kicked out of the service, the military is repeatedly extending the tours of duty for other soldiers, accepting felons into its ranks and using soldiers whose injuries previously qualified them as unfit for return to duty.

There is something seriously wrong when gang members and white supremacists are considered fit for service, while people like Antonio Agnone who led a platoon of men to seek out and destroy weaponry including IEDs are banned because they are gay.

Urge your members of Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell here.

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, Congress, Iraq, LGBT, Military, Politics, Video, War, YouTube.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. LC Scotty  |  July 5, 2007 at 11:31 am

    It’s not the military’s policy-it’s Clinton’s that was passed by congress.

    You are right, however, that this policy needs to go. Anyone with the desire and ability to serve honorably and effectively ought to be able to.

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  • 2. Doug  |  July 5, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    In fairness to Clinton, at the time it was a compromise. He wanted open service, but Congress would not pass that. He agrees that it hasn’t worked out, but at least he tried something, and he thinks it needs to go now, too.

    It’s sad sad sad when, because of GWB’s illegal war in Iraq, that he’s put so many troops in the grave for no reason, that the ones still fighting have such extended tours, felons can fight, but if you like the same sex you can’t? WTF?

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  • 3. LC Scotty  |  July 5, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    That’s true Doug. I also think that at the time, it was a good idea. It was a step forward, and I think that it’s past time to take another step.

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  • 4. bloggernista  |  July 5, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Its way past for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be repealed. Many of our allies already allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly including the British and the Israelis.

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