Friday, April 08, 2005

Wounded Body; Wounded Soul

Let me get this straight. A soldier, Sgt. Robert Stout, gets the hell blown out of him while serving in Iraq. He's operating a machine gun on an "armored" Humvee while on patrol in Iraq, and a grenade rips apart his arm, face and legs during an attack last May. The wounded Sergeant comes back stateside to convalesce, and wants to go back to his unit after he's healed.

The Army is sucking wind because it needs warm bodies "in theatre" so bad. People who are getting their limbs blown off are allowed to go back if they ask. Pentagon blood suckers can't come within a football field of meeting recruiting goals for the first quarter of this year. Guys (and gals) are bailing out of the military left and right at the first opportunity. But Sgt. Stout, for whatever reason, wishes to continue his service.

The Army says, "No, sorry bud. Thanks for the sacrifice, but we can't use your kind."

Did he lose an arm? No. Was he brain damaged? Putting aside the fact that he wants to go back to Iraq, no. Was it discovered, in retrospect, that he has flat feet? No.

Sgt. Robert Stout is gay, and he "came out". So, he served honorably, he was severely wounded, received a Purple Heart, and Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, has the fucking audacity to say this???

...a better way to avoid the cost of replacing soldiers who are discharged for being gay is to make it very clear to people who enlist in the military, including Stout, that they are ineligible to serve if they are gay.

"I honor and respect his service to this country, but the fact that he's wounded really doesn't change the underlying fact. ... He is not eligible to serve," Donnelly said, adding that there are many reasons why people aren't eligible to serve. "This is just one of them."

A quick google search confirms that Ms. Donnelly has been on a jihad against gays in the military for quite some time, so it's no surprise that she'd be sought out to comment on this issue, because the corporate media feels the need for journalistic "balance" from another fringe right wing homophobe nut job.

I'm really weary of these wankers. They dishonor people like Sgt. Robert Stout with their mere existence.