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US Congress holds first hearing on gays in the military

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  1. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED 24 Jul 2008, 3:35pm

    DADT, or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a law written by Democrats, a law they voted overwhelmingly for, and a law signed by a Democratic (sic) President, Bill Clinton. The Republicans certainly support it because it’s a bigoted law but it exclusively the responsibility of the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton is the same Dixiecrat right-winger who boasted on bigoted Southern religious radio stations about his signature on DOMA, the anti-samesex marriage law.

    Our objection to DADT ought to be on the basis that it’s a law passed by a party of bigots that harms GLBT GI’s. Those who try to link opposition to DADT with support for the Clinton/Bush genocide in Iraq are walking into a trap. We oppose DDAT because it a bigot law, not because repeal will make the military more efficient at killing Iraqis. The questions aren’t linked and neither has anything to do with capturing the mass murderer Bin Laden. The vast bulk of US military activity is centered on acquiring hegemony over the regions oil resources not on capturing Bin Laden.

    Just as we support the GI’s civil rights we should support the antiwar movement and let everyone know that we think that volunteering for ‘service’ in a period when the US military and their allies are murdering Muslims on a vast scale to steal their oil is volunteering for genocide. We should encourage everyone to stay 0ut of the armed forces.

    We should be very clear that we join with our allies in the antiwar movement to demand that all US military, security and mercenary forces be withdrawn from the region and that the US cut the purse strings that finance the apartheid and ethnic cleansing policies used against Palestinians. We need allies to win our fight but we won’t get them if we’re seen supporting the Clinton/Bush genocide in Iraq by encouraging enlistment or re-upping.

    Barak Obama only supports lifting the ban because he plans on continuing the war there indefinitely and he’ll need cannon fodder. He has the same perspective on Iraq as Bush, the Clintons and McCain. That’s why it’s unprincipled to support him.

  2. Robert, ex-pat Brit 24 Jul 2008, 5:59pm

    Bill, the one I wanted was Dennis Kucinich. The only real left winger in the Democratic party. He’s introduced 35 articles of impeachment to nail Bush/Cheney et al, and NOT one democratic politician has come out in his defense. Appalling!

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