By Calvin Palmer
General James Amos, a four-star general and Commandant of the US Marine Corps, has reiterated his opposition to the campaign pledge by President Barack Obama to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly homosexual service members.
At a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Gen Amos said: “I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m visiting at Bethesda [National Naval Medical Centre near Washington] with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”
The only kind of distraction likely to cause casualties to members of the Marine Corp will be when one of them emulates Gen Amos and has his head up his ass and fails to carry out his assigned responsibilities.
If I were serving in the Marines, I would be more concerned that the Commandant has no battlefield experience whatsoever. His background is as a naval aviator. Gen Amos has never been in a situation where bullets were flying round his head and colleagues were being blown to bits by enemy fire.
What would Gen Amos know about battlefield distraction? He has never been in a battle.
Obviously, Gen Amos is not a soldier’s soldier. In fact, he isn’t a soldier; he is an airman.
But he must be good at saying the right things to the right people to advance his career, including President Barack Obama who interviewed Amos for the post of Commandant.
Gay rights groups have naturally condemned the general’s remarks. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said in a statement, “General Amos needs to fall in line and salute or resign now.”
A dishonorable discharge would seem fitting since his statement amounts to insubordination.
Sad to say, I do not think President Obama has the guts to demand the head of Gen Amos for fear of the Christian fundamentalist backlash. Obama will more likely follow the adage of President Lyndon Johnson: “It is probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in”.
To all those gays serving with the US Marines, you are doing a fine professional job. Pay no heed to what your idiot of a commandant says. What would he know about soldiering and fighting on the front line? Nothing!
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]