Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pentagon Proposed 'Gay Bomb'

The U.S. military remains a bastion of conservative masculinity in an ever-evolving society. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is official policy within the American armed forces despite the efforts of Log Cabin Republicans and other organizations and politicians. The news the Pentagon once proposed the construction of a so-called 'gay bomb' is more ironic than Paris Hilton's uber-dramatic return to jail.

A San Francisco television reported late last week researchers at California State University in Berkeley uncovered a plan to use hormones to disable enemy soldiers
through instant homosexuality. The plan reportedly added the hormones would cause enemy units to break down because soldiers would act upon their same-sex desires. The thought of soldiers who consummate their attraction fills this blogger's fantasies time and time again but the notion Pentagon seriously considered this plan raises some interesting [and downright hilarious] questions.

Former Joint Chiefs of Staffs Chair John M. Shalikashvili, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and other former military brass and politicians continue to urge the Pentagon to either re-examine 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' or to repeal it. Israel, the United Kingdom and other countries now allow gays and lesbians to serve openly. The armed forces remain, by and large, a paternal entity dominated by heightened masculinity. The so-called 'gay bomb' incorrectly implies people can change their sexual orientation. The thought of a so-called 'gay bomb' was based on radical science at best. The plan, however, confirms the Pentagon's obsession over homosexuality at the expense of other far more important issues one can argue it continues to neglect.

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