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Negative Notes from Baghdad on Repealing DADT

Reuters interviewed several soldiers on a base in Iraq about their dissatisfaction with Obama's plans to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Obamaoath"Specialist Joseph Watson, from Texas, was 'pretty excited' to see America's first black president sworn in, he said, after watching Obama's inauguration on a big TV screen at the dining hall of Forward Operating Base Prosperity, in Baghdad. But the 30-year-old was a lot less excited about Obama's inclination to repeal the ban on gay men and women serving. 'Ah, I think that might cause a lot of problems,' he said. 'It's a big moral issue. It's giving the OK, saying that being gay is alright. Personally, I don't think being gay is OK.'"

Here's another:

Specialist Justin Scharan, from Washington State, battled to contain a smirk on his reddening face when asked his view. 'I'm Christian, so I really don't believe it's a good thing. But if it happens, there's not much we can do,' he said."

And another:

"'I don't agree with it,' said Staff Sargeant Tavar Cradle. 'I think there's other, bigger issues that could be dealt with.'"

They did find one soldier, who disagreed with the others, but he chose not to tell his name: "But one U.S. soldier, who asked not to be named or identified by rank, said he agreed with Obama on gays. 'Put it this way: if they're willing to fight for their country, to me, it doesn't make a difference. Everybody has a right to defend their country, even if they are gay.'"

Surely Reuters could have found another.

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  1. Those comments just reinforce the need to repeal DA/DT and end the ignorance.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 21, 2009 5:18:25 PM

  2. "I'm Christian, so I really don't believe it's a good thing."

    Frak you, idiot. What do you think the majority of us in this country were raised as, Satanists? Sorry, I'm just about done with the religious excuse for ignorance in this country (and, well, everywhere). I'm gonna give Bill Maher a call.

    Posted by: TonyG | Jan 21, 2009 5:21:08 PM

  3. I completely agree, Andy. This sounds like selective reporting, given some recent troop surveys I've seen.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 21, 2009 5:25:06 PM

  4. Always remember that, with very rare exception, mainstream media, particularly white men, are NOT our friend.

    While there are certainly many, perhaps a majority who still feel this way, it's easy to imagine that the negative responses were from those who were asked when together, thus none wanted to sound like a queer lover in front of the others.

    The bottomline: we must ultimately tell the media and the troops it doesn't matter what the fuck they think. It's going to happen and the latter should be told to follow orders or suffer the consequences.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 21, 2009 5:37:02 PM

  5. I'm sure if they were around when they let blacks serve with whites they would put their hoods back on. Douche bags.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 21, 2009 5:37:34 PM

  6. I thought that recent military polling indicated general support for repeal.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 21, 2009 5:40:33 PM

  7. I am certain prior to Truman integrating the would have gotten similar responses. Once DADT is repealed and the US Armed Forces institutes a non-discrimination policy, the soldiers will be told to put up and shut up about gays.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 21, 2009 5:41:21 PM

  8. I'd like to see an Executive Order making these idiots share living quarters with openly gay soldiers.

    Posted by: rob adams | Jan 21, 2009 5:44:03 PM

  9. "But the 30-year-old was a lot less excited about Obama's inclination to repeal the ban on gay men and women serving."

    Let's remember that gay men and woman are not banned from serving in the armed forces. They're just banned from telling anyone they are gay. The ban also is suppose to prevent anyone from asking them if they are gay.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 21, 2009 5:48:03 PM

  10. "I'm a Christian so..." = Asshat, "I refuse to think for myself and have donated my brain to a cult."

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 21, 2009 5:48:06 PM

  11. The big "moral" issue for these "christian" soliders should be whether years of violence solves anything and if the cost of war is really worth it in the end? If grown supposedly "straight" men are so afraid of openly gay men serving next to them and defending the USA against "terrorists" then the rank and file military of this country really do need to grow a pair. Jeez. Sam Nunn would be proud.

    Posted by: ShawnSF | Jan 21, 2009 5:55:17 PM

  12. what was it donald rumsfield said?

    you don't get the army you want, you get the army you have-homos & all.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 21, 2009 5:55:43 PM

  13. Let's be honest - the military grunts aren't exactly at the top of the food chain when it comes to intellect. It's a blue collar job and blue collar America isn't gay friendly. Disappointing but not exactly a surprise.

    Posted by: D | Jan 21, 2009 5:55:50 PM

  14. Thats very true alguien these are the guys and gals that enlisted blindly for an unsubstantiated war.

    And I am slao sure if the Rueters reporter tried he could find soilders who thought it was a great idea.

    Posted by: Wolf | Jan 21, 2009 6:03:38 PM

  15. Looks to me that reuters worked pretty hard to find some of the smartest homophobes our fine military has to offer in order to solicit their opinons.

    Well Done!

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Jan 21, 2009 6:26:08 PM

  16. Obama is not gayi -friendly. He is gay-pandering. Big difference. It never ceases to amaze that there are many in the gay community who continue to delude themselves with the "Obama is gay-friendly" notion.

    Obama, like many liberal Democrrats, thinks that the only acceptable homosexuality is two hot chicks with long, flowing hair and make-up, similar to the ones who are promoted by liberal sleazeballs like Hugh Hefner. It's a thread which runs throughout liberal Democrats: female-female "hot", male-male "gross".

    On this basis, I predict that Obama will not repeal DADT and that many of you in the gay community will end up with egg on your faces. It'll be what you deserve for mindlessly supporting him.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 21, 2009 6:42:39 PM

  17. Ah, Reuters... have they ever reported a single solitary gay story that was in a friendly way?

    Sometimes it's subtle, such as when they refer to Bishop Robinson as "openly gay" (there's a dinosour of a phrase) or when they say Jim Carrey "took a risk on a gay romantic comedy". But always there is the assumption that gay is taboo and everyone hates us. And alway always they come across sensationalist.

    It's no surprise that they found homophobes in the military. They were their contacts there.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jan 21, 2009 6:43:09 PM

  18. "Hope"fully we won't have th wait for a consensus of every slack jawed moron with an opineeein before we move forward with this. And damn right there's nothing they'll be able to do about it.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 21, 2009 6:46:53 PM

  19. The Obama Administration will delete Don't Ask Don't Tell from armed forces code of conduct via Executive Order.

    It'll be the cancerous, euro-esque cynics in our midst that'll have egg on their snouts.

    Posted by: rob adams | Jan 21, 2009 6:51:15 PM

  20. Soldiers follow orders -- they don't give them.

    That's the job of the Cammander in Chief.

    And we all know who his name is.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 21, 2009 7:06:16 PM

  21. Jason, honey, for one thing you don't have a dog in this fight, being Australian.

    And what you seem to forget is that the armed forces is one place that hot girl on girl action is much more likely than man on man. There must be proportionately (perhaps even in actual numbers) at least twice as many dykes serving than fags. Think about it. Or read about it. You could start with Randy Shilts's book, Conduct Unbecoming. Try learning one more thing beyond your damn liberal bisexual double standard shtick.

    Calling 24play!

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jan 21, 2009 7:08:17 PM

  22. Is this what happens when dumb people can't find jobs, they go to the armed forces and bring along their ignorance and homophobia?

    Well la dee da to them. If they don't like, tough.

    Change is a coming whether they are ready or not.


    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 21, 2009 7:11:18 PM

  23. JASON!!! Welcome back. We've missed your asinine rantings about the 'liberal bisexual bias' and such. How are things in oz? Please do amuse us with your gobbledygook more often. It makes things so much more quelle FUN!

    Posted by: Bading | Jan 21, 2009 7:14:53 PM

  24. It's a good thing that these drones are not making policy decisions. I could care less what they think about it, personally.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jan 21, 2009 7:26:57 PM

  25. Who cares what these children think anyway?

    Posted by: Rami | Jan 21, 2009 7:33:12 PM

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