Many general officers, especially those who work in Washington D.C. or are closely associated with the uppermost echelons of power, cannot wait to plant their nose up the posterior of the nearest available politician in the hopes it will get them another star or get them better invitations to the right cocktail parties. Whatever the dominant political “wisdom” of the day may be, these brown-nosed generals will fall all over themselves to parrot it for the cameras and for the right people. They want to show that they have the “right thinking” to fit in with the cocktail circuit.
Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway is NOT one of those generals. His concern is for what is right for the military, what best enables our armed forces to wage max-effective warfare on the enemy, and what best helps the troops do that.
“When we take a survey of our Marines, by and large, they say that they are concerned that it will cause potential problems with regard to their order and discipline — that it will impact their sense of unit cohesion,” Conway said.
Right now, there are 20,000 Marines serving in Afghanistan. Conway told Fox he “wouldn’t hazard a guess” as to how many are gay, but he think it’s a small percentage, in the “low single digits.”
Conway says these few gays don’t cause a problem now because their homosexuality is not known publicly. But he said if their sexuality does become public, “90 to 95 percent of the Marines” he has informally surveyed are concerned about the consequences. Conway cited impromptu surveys he has conducted by a “show of hands” among Marines at town hall style meetings.
A couple of years ago, a survey commissioned by the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign and conducted by Hunter College found that 2.9% of Americans are homosexual. It is likely that at most 2.9% of military personnel are homosexual, but given the nature of military service and the prohibition against open homosexual behavior, the percentage is likely much less than 2.9%.
Before Bill Clinton came up with the asinine “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy of deliberately ignoring military regulations which clearly state homosexual behavior is incompatible with military service, the policy on homosexuality was very simple: it isn’t allowed. In those days, people were screened upon recruitment for behaviors and factors which could interfere with military service or that were flatly incompatible with military service. Those behaviors and factors included a variety of physical ailments, mental problems, felony records, drug use, and homosexual behavior. If at any time during military service evidence, even slight, arose that a soldier might be homosexual, the military conducted an investigation (as a former military policeman, I’ve been involved in such investigations) to determine the truth of the allegations, with those found to be true being discharged from military service.
The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy muddies the waters by prohibiting the military from screening for this behavior upon recruitment (leaving the potential problem to arise later, after thousands and thousands of dollars have been spent on training, uniforms, equipment, deployments, etc), and from investigating minor problems before the become major. But it is still better than allowing open homosexual behavior in the military. When soldiers don’t know that their bunkmate is a homosexual, there could be a little doubt. If they know their bunkmate is a homosexual, trust and unit cohesion will break down, and there will be problems that degrade military readiness.
The reasons homosexual behavior are incompatible with military service have been stated previously by General Conway, and I have outlined them several times myself. They are obvious to anyone who has serviced in the military, living in a barracks or serving in a forward area where living conditions with other soldiers are very close and intimate. Military barracks can have two or more soldiers quartered in the same small room, or more people quartered per tent/hut/hooch/open bay. There is little physical privacy, especially in deployed forward areas. I won’t go into great detail about it here (I have already done so in other articles, and the links are provided in this article), but a commenter at the YouTube video featured below said it well:
I’m going through military training right now, and as part of the living conditions, we live in close quarters, and we have to take showers? naked in front of each other everyday. It’s normal that homosexuality, or a man who looks at another man, not as his brother, but as a woman, is a breach of trust between the natural bond and trust between brothers-in-arms.
The fact that gay partisans always seem to denigrate those who don’t follow their? agenda only hurt their own stated goals in the end.
You can see a few pictures of some of these close-quarter military living areas here; I took these pictures at an Army base where I spent about 6 weeks doing combat training. Any rational person (who has the courage to admit the truth) can look at these living conditions and understand why men (or women) would not want to be quartered in such close living conditions with a person of the same sex who viewed them as a target of sexual opportunity or desire.
Even despite decades of pro-homosexual propaganda from the “mainstream” media, most people at a minimum believe this is a policy best determined by the military which has to live intimately with the consequences of homosexual behavior in the ranks.
This recent judicial activism which attempts to force open homosexuality on the military (before the pro-homosexual democrats lose control of congress next month, and legislative hopes for a repeal of the ban are lost) have created great confusion, and have made matters much worse for our military leaders and troops. We can ill afford such confusion and problems at any time in our military, least of all during war operations.
Thankfully, there are still a few men like General Conway around, and I pray the powers that be will listen to him, or at least feel enough caution to slow down and think.
During my 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, I had several opportunities to work alongside Marines. I always said that I wouldn’t want to be one (they live a tough, disciplined life–more so than any other branch of service), but I thank God for them (for their willingness to live that kind of life in defense of our nation).
With the testimony of General Conway, I am still thanking God for the U.S. Marine Corps.