Thursday, October 08, 2009

Soldiers Losing Heart & Lesbians More Likely to Get the Boot.

I'm about to head to night class but I wanted to post a few articles I just read.

What are your thoughts on Afghanistan? Is it time to get the hell out or send more troops?

**“The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.

“They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not."

Read the article here.

**"Pentagon statistics obtained by University of California researchers show that women are far more likely than men to be kicked out of the military under the "don't ask, don't tell policy" banning openly gay service members."

Here's what I think. If you want to get kicked out, you play gay. To play gay, you jump in bed with a person of the same sex. When you're questioned about your sexuality, you wave the rainbow flag and make your case. I know a few women who claimed they were gay to get out. One of these women now has a baby...clearly, she wasn't gay. So, the question is…is it more acceptable for women to claim they are gay? Is this why they have a higher rate of being kicked out? I don’t know. It’s just a thought. I’m not so sure you’d see a male soldier jump into bed with another male soldier just to get kicked out. Who knows.

Read the article here.


Blogger Akinoluna - a female Marine said...

I think it also has something to do with the fact that there's fewer women, and since a lot more individual attention is paid to them, people probably find out faster if a women is a lesbian than if a man is gay. It's a little like being a celebrity I think.

10/09/2009 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, Kate, send more kids and older folks to yet ANOTHER combination quicksand and meatgrinder? It was and is a total waste. The US gov't NEVER should've armed/trained the Taliban (I find that act TREASONOUS), the US Constitution is NOT being defended there, nor is our freedom, contrary to all the pro-war propaganda we hear. And the gay angle? If same sex-couples have to "spoon" in order to get out of this insanity, I say "SPOON LIKE SUGAR!"

10/09/2009 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger JACK BOO said...

Just finished reading this very interesting article by Steven Pressfield on Afghanistan. I'd be curious as to what Kate and her readers think about it...

10/28/2009 07:30:00 PM  

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