“The 2000s will be remembered as the era of American decline….Instead of trying to reverse this, Washington is hastening it….Mr. Obama - again with GOP help - succeeded in getting "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) repealed, enabling homosexuals to serve openly in the military. This is one of the most revolutionary and damaging acts ever done to a core American institution. It will decimate the greatest fighting force on earth, undermining unit cohesion, morale and discipline - the lifeblood of a successful military. It is an act of national suicide.”
Ok, let me get this straight, which is apparently what Mr. Kuhner wants me to be. Knowing that there are other gay people in the military is 1. Revolutionary, and 2. The most damaging act ever done to a core American institution. I’m pretty sure that was said about letting blacks serve in mixed units, but alas, I’ll let that slide, since Kuhner is probably consistent on that issue.
I’ll concede that it is revolutionary. I grew up with a lot of the redneck freaks that now populate the military. For most of them, not being allowed to bully gays is indeed indicative of a revolutionary world order.
But as a sane person, I would argue that it is a good revolution. The military is supposed to be fighting for everything that America stands for – not appeasing or placating the least common denominator of the human species—namely bigots. Soldiers should be told they are fighting for freedom and equality and if they don’t like that, work at McDonalds, which is about the only other job for which many of them are qualified. (That’s a stretch, I know).
As to #2--the most damaging act ever done to a core American institution? If letting gay people into the military is going to damage the morale of the troops that badly, then maybe our military really isn’t that great. We train these soldiers to face the greatest fears imaginable, but they are going to fall apart because of the perceived fear that someone might be “peeping” at them? Are our soldiers really that child-like? Do we allow 5th graders into the military? If so, then the soldiers have a much bigger problem than the possibility of someone looking at them. How are they going to handle the first time someone actually shoots at them, if they fall apart when someone peeps at them? Honestly, if these are the best arguments the right has, it is no wonder they so easily accept the asinine logic often expressed in their bibles.
Oh, but Kuhner has even better logic:
“This will add another layer of difficulty to our already inconclusive wars. Consider that the last time the United States won a major war was 1945 - Korea was a stalemate, Vietnam a defeat; the first Gulf War failed to topple Saddam Hussein; Afghanistan and Iraq have become prolonged quagmires. Total victory has become alien to us.”
Um, ok, again, let me get this heterosexual. Our army sucks and can’t win, so we better not let gays in, because then it will suck and not be able to win? Brilliant! I’m convinced!
And finally, Kuhner argues:
“All civilizations rise and fall. Ancient Greece, Persia, Rome, medieval Europe, the great Italian city-states, the Ottoman Empire, the vast European empires - the past is littered with the corpses of once unparalleled and dominant powers that are now a distant memory. So too has America passed its zenith.”
Well, I don’t have much to add to that, except to say that at least one of those empires fell, Persia, because of the genius of one of the greatest military strategicians and warriors the world has ever seen, namely Alexander the Great. But he was a fag, so under Kuhner’s logic, he shouldn’t be able to serve today, because after all, he might peek at someone.