December 20, 2006

Is Yeagley “Warrior” and “Patriotic” Enough?
by Brent Michael Davids, 12/20/06

Bush is about to, foolishly in my view, increase troop levels in an Iraq “surge,” David. Now is your big chance!! You can finally become a true warrior, and serve the government you espouse to “love.” No need to worry about pesky military fit-for-duty requirements that may have hindered you in the past, today’s contractors are carrying the load of the Iraq occupation these days. You can join and go fight!! It’s an opportunity not to be missed! Show your “patriotism” and “warrior” prowess!

“WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush asked his new secretary of defense to draw up plans to increase the overall size of the Army and the Marines, according to an interview with the president published Tuesday in the Washington Post. ‘I'm inclined to believe that we do need to increase our troops — the Army, the Marines,’ Bush said.”

It’s easy David, why not go get yourself employed by one of these companies, and head on over to Iraq? Are you “warrior” enough? “Patriotic” enough?

You should really do it, David! Work along side the US Military! I hear that today’s military, those true warriors, are really becoming more reasonable in their outlooks about gay folks on the job. I personally think being in that particular environment might do you a world of good. Trust me on this point, and check out this latest Zogby poll. It seems that 3 of every 4 American military patriots think it’s just fine for warriors to be gay.

The Zogby Interactive poll of 545 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was designed in conjunction with the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and conducted by Zogby Oct. 24-26, 2006. It carries a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.

Of those in combat units, 21% said they know for certain that someone in their unit is gay or lesbian... The data also indicate that military attitudes about homosexuality have shifted. In the early 1990's, many senior officers argued that U.S. troops could not form bonds of trust with gays and lesbians, according to Dr. Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center, who has written widely on the subject. According to the new Zogby data, however, nearly three in four troops (73%) say they are personally comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians.”

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