Gays In The Military

A retired U.S. general on Thursday said Dutch U.N. troops defending Srebrenica in the Bosnian war failed to prevent the 1995 genocide partly because their ranks included openly gay soldiers.

John Sheehan, a former NATO commander and senior Marine officer, made the remarks at a Senate hearing where he argued against plans by President Obama to end a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military.

Sheehan said that after the end of the Cold War, European militaries changed and concluded “there was no longer a need for an active combat capability.”

He said this “socialization” process “included open homosexuality” and led to “a focus on peacekeeping operations because they did not believe the Germans were going to attack again or the Soviets were coming back.”

“The case in point that I’m referring to is when the Dutch were required to defend Srebrenica against the Serbs,” he said, referring to the U.N. peacekeeping force deployed to protect Bosnian Muslim civilians.

“The battalion was understrength, poorly led, and the Serbs came into town, handcuffed the soldiers to the telephone polls, marched the Muslims off and executed them.”

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, pressed him to clarify his comments.

“Did the Dutch leaders tell you it (the fall of Srebrenica) was because there were gay soldiers there?” asked an incredulous Levin.

“Yes,” Sheehan said and added: “They included that as part of the problem.”…(Source)

My goodness…are you allowed to say such things anymore? Only in America…for now.

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  1. The Navy Times reports some of the general’s other comments:

    “Sheehan also cited statistics from the Pentagon’s fiscal 2009 report on sexual assault that he said showed 7 percent of the 3,230 incidents recorded were male-on-male, though the actual figure in the report is closer to 5 percent. And in arguing that repeal of the military ban would undermine good order and discipline, he told the story of a male-on-male foxhole sexual assault in his unit during the Vietnam War, and its divisive impact.”

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